Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby wonâ€™t be charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Cecilia Slaby, who was left in a car for eight hours amid searing heat Aug. 23, the Clermont County prosecutor said Tuesday.
Nesselroad-Slaby, 40, forgot she left the sleeping girl strapped in a child seat of a sport utility vehicle at Glen Este Middle School, where she is the assistant principal.
….. Nesselroad-Slaby intends to return to her job at the school, which she has held since 2001, Croswell said. She has been on paid leave pending the prosecutorâ€™s decision.
â€œIâ€™m sure sheâ€™s welcome back,â€ Croswell said. â€œI would assume that the school will welcome her back when she is physically and emotionally capable of coming back, which I would hope would be in the short term â€“ for her own well-being and the schoolâ€™s.â€
Union Township police recommended she be charged with child endangering, but the department had no comment on the prosecutorâ€™s decision, Lt. Scott Gaviglia said.
An Enquirer commenter (link may move if the thread allows more comments) caught this important point:
How convenient that Mrs. Slaby was not even minimally charged with child endangerment. Had she been charged and convicted of even that, she would have lost her teaching license but by not charging her at all, she retains her state license to teach.
Hence the emergency deployment of Darth Dilbert’s “Reasons to Homeschool” counter:
Follow-up Question: Anyone think a man in otherwise identical circumstances gets the same breaks?
On one level, nationalized health care seems so “sensible,” at first:
Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.
Edwards said his mandatory health care plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care. The plan would include mental health care as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.
“The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death,” he said.
(Aside: I hear the original draft of Edwards’ speech had “cradle to grave” in it, but that was deemed a bit too obvious.)
Who can be against preventive care? But in a nationalized system, because of rationing, inefficiencies bureaucracy, and opportunistic politicians, the supposedly friendly nanny eventually turns into a caregiving gatekeeper, as this proposal from the leader of the supposedly conservative party in the UK shows:
Failing to follow a healthy lifestyle could lead to free NHS treatment being denied under the Tory plans.
….. heavy smokers, the obese and binge drinkers who were a drain on the NHS could be denied some routine treatments such as hip replacements until they cleaned up their act.
That’s sort of a break in the “continuum of care,” doncha think?
At Least 500 Big Dig Leaks Await Repair
BOSTON (AP) – About 500 leaks in Big Dig tunnels are awaiting repair, and that number doesn’t include leaks being handled by the project’s contractors, according to state officials who warn that future leaks are inevitable.
Project manager Michael Lewis also told the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority board Tuesday that the leak-repair program is “effective,” and should be viewed separately from new evidence indicating water continues to leak steadily into the Interstate 93 Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. tunnel.
….. Leaks have vexed the $14.798 billion project – the most expensive public works construction in U.S. history – since it buried Boston’s Central Artery in a tunnel system. A large leak into the O’Neill tunnel in September 2004 backed up traffic for miles.
….. Inspectors found between 2,000 and 3,000 leaks in roof-wall joints after the September 2004 incident, Lewis said.
The goal now, he said, is to protect structural steel from corrosion.
Yeah, I’d say that’s a good idea (/sarc).