Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Please answer the following multiple choice questions:
It is appropriate, as a parent, to leave your baby or small child alone, unattended, in your locked vehicle:
If you, as a parent, do leave your baby or small child alone, unattended, in your locked vehicle, that is:
A) OK, especially if it’s just for a very brief time.
B) A mistake. I mean, you could forget. That happens.
C) A crime
Whenever I bring up this topic while subbing on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I am stunned at the permissive and forgiving attitude of some of my callers who want to give a free pass to clueless parents who leave their children alone in locked cars in all kinds of brutal weather.
In cases of fatalities, the hand wringing refrain is that the poor parent has suffered enough.
That is baloney.
The parent forgot. It was an honest mistake.
That argument is best described with language I can’t use on this or any other blog.
Two plus two = six is a mistake.
Leaving your baby alone in a vehicle is negligence to the nth degree.
There are none.
But these “Parents of the Year” always come up with them.
Take this Einstein, for example.
Dave Mantor took his 18-month old baby and left his son outside in his van last week for several hours.
Where was this genius?
Inside a strip club, having some drinks.
Oh, he’s got excuses, alright.
I’m a drunk, and I was under stress.
You’re a loser who needs to go to prison and relinquish custody of that child who thankfully survived.
The story doesn’t end here.
Dave Mantor has an idiot for a wife.
She is not angry.
She is not upset.
She is in full support of her husband whom she calls, “wonderful.”
They probably deserve each other.
But they don’t deserve children.