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.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The reporting man was just jeolous because he couldn't do that!

sally said...

The woman has a right to feed her kid. Give me a break!

Sally

Anonymous said...

Oh but what if there had been an accidnent? Then the kid could have been injured or even killed.

You got to think of the greater good.


Jill

JULIO said...

Thinking of the greater good is just another way to infringe on personal freedoms and human rights.

Julio

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that this Compton woman was really built. Guess it really was distracting Male drivers in the area who wanted to drive her...

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that this Compton woman was really built. Guess it really was distracting Male drivers in the area who wanted to drive her...

Anonymous said...

pervert!

Anonymous said...

I saw Genine Compton on TV (CNN) she is attractive. She said that she would do it again if her kid was hungry. i admire her honesty but question her wisdom.

Sheila

Anonymous said...

She was pretty outspoken!

Smitty Ditty said...

This is no worse than the lady I saw the other day, drinking coffee and applying mascara to her eyes as she drove down the road. She had a bluetooth device, so at least she didn't have to hold her cell phone.

Ms Calabaza said...

I bet she walk and chew gum at the same time . . .

Kelly said...

Smitty, I done worse. I put my lipstick on, spoke on my boyfiend's cell phone, fed my husband's kid and gave my passenger a foot massage all while drivin down da road to my inlaws house.


Kelly

colleency said...

A two-year old (or younger than 2)should never be unrestrained in a moving car. It's dangerous for the child, the driver, and everyone else on the road.

To have a toddler on your lap while driving - whether breastfeeding or not - is nuts.

I have absolutely no qualms about a mom breastfeeding, or feeding her hungry child, however she chooses - but please, do it safely. Pull over.

Anonymous said...

Yup, pull over and roll down the window so that us interested parties can watch...

Anonymous said...

Multi tasking at its best.