Monday, March 2, 2009
Genine Compton Charged With Child Endangerment For Breast Feeding A Child While Operating A MiniVan?
"Well, it is distracted driving," said one pub member to the other. "Sure, but why stir the wrath of women all over the country?" snorted the other. Indeed, what has the Legal Pub in such a stir on a Monday morning? Genine Compton, a 39 year old Ohio mother has been charged with child endangerment after another motorist reported that Genine was breast-feeding and talking on the phone while driving. (Now that is EITHER multi tasking OR distracted driving, if true!)
The whistle blower was a male in suburban Dayton. He told police that he spotted a minivan-driving mother dropping off children at school. Police then used the license plate number to track down the suspect. Genine Compton apparently told police that her child was hungry so she was breast-feeding. The child was under 2 years old. The legal issue is that the child was on her lap instead of in a car seat. But lets face it, the incident would not likely have been reported unless the whistle blower had noticed that she was breast-feeding in public.
Now that she is charged, it is a real issue. Compton could face up to 180 days in jail and a $1,800 fine if convicted. That is not to down play all the other negative consequences that perhaps only folks like Brenda Bouschet might be able to explain. LINK.