Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Houston Mom Leaves Kids Home Alone to Enjoy Night of Drinking

As a parent, nothing takes precedence for me over the welfare of my three children. The responsibility that comes with being a dad or a mom is constant and needs to be practiced with love and dedication. Unfortunately, as I have noted on this blog before, there are some parents in Texas who have fallen short of their obligations and have either abandoned their children or used them in despicable ways. Heather Lynn Vaughan, a Houston mother, was arrested yesterday and can add her name to the list of parents who have committed crimes against their children.

Neighbors of Ms. Vaughan became concerned when they heard her children, a four-year-old and one-year-old twins, cry all night on Monday. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the children had been left alone and later learned they had been without supervision since 10:00pm the night before. What could have caused a mother to leave her children alone for hours in the dark of night? At first, authorities feared that Vaughan herself had been a victim of a crime. Or, perhaps she could not afford to miss an evening of work, had a babysitter cancel at the last minute, and was left with having to make a desperate choice? While either circumstance would be tragic, neither was true. Instead, this young mother decided that her three preschool daughters could take care of themselves while she enjoyed a night of drinking.

Vaughan has been charged with three counts of child abandonment, a crime that is punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail and up to a $10,000 fine if convicted. In the meantime, she sits in a Harris County jail with bail set at $2000 for each charge. The children have been placed in the care of their father.

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