Disciplining children has always been a controversial topic because, while there is no “right” or “wrong” way, there are some inhumane and illegal ways to teach your misbehaving child a lesson.
Some parents spank, some take away privileges, some put their kids on temporary “time-outs,” and if you are Mary Bell and Gary Cassle — you dump them in a hot desert.
According to the Desert Sun, Bell took her five, six, and seven-year-old children to a Twentynine Palms-area desert on Wednesday and left them there alone for about 45 minutes, barefoot and thirsty, until they were discovered by police.
The temperature at the time of the incident was nearly 100 degrees. Luckily, the children were okay and didn’t need medical treatment after the ordeal.
The family is known by residents as “local transients” as they all live nomadically in a truck together, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s spokesperson Cynthia Bachman.
Bell and Cassle were located down the road from where they had left the children and were arrested on suspicion of child abuse. They are each being held in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Current reports do not include details about what the children could have possibly done to warrant such a severe consequence, but it’s irrelevant since there is really no justification to make the parents’ actions acceptable.
While it’s heartbreaking to see children separated from their parents, this seems like a dire situation that calls for child services to step in.
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