Baby girl dies when parents leave her alone for 16 HOURS to go party
Here's new evidence of the insidious illness that's sweeping the nation and affecting a plethora of parents: rampant stupidity. Last Sunday, Avarice Alexander--a 9-month-old baby girl in Nokesville, Virginia--died after her nitwit parents left her alone for 16 hours to get their drink on. According to authorities, Adam and Jasmyne Alexander, both 21 years old, put their baby to sleep at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night and left her in her crib, completely unattended, until Sunday afternoon, at around 12:30 p.m. When they finally checked up on the child, they discovered she'd stopped breathing and was unresponsive. Paramedics were unable to revive the baby girl.
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The police investigation that ensued revealed that Avarice had not seen a doctor in seven months, which is itself uncanny since pediatricians recommend that newborns get routine check-ups at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 9 months. Even more worrisome, both parents had noticed that Avarice was exhibiting breathing problems in recent weeks, but failed to call a doctor. Apparently, dialing the pediatrician's number was just too much of a hassle for these buffoons.
And it gets worse--the official investigation revealed the child was placed face down in her crib, a dangerous position for infants given that they can suffocate when their face presses against the mattress or pillow in the crib. Given that Avarice had difficulty breathing, it would've been all the more critical for her to be placed on her back when laid down to sleep so as to minimize the risk of SIDS. But, then, these don't strike me as the kind of parents who read What To Expect When You're Expecting or scoured the Internet for helpful child-rearing tips.
One day after her child's death, Jasmyne Alexander posted a photo of Avarice on Instagram (in which she has the oh-so-classy username "thatonechickjaz") and revealed that her child passed away, then asked people to go to her GoFundMe account and make a donation so as to give Avarice a proper burial.
The GoFundMe account is now being administered by Avarice's aunt. In a recent post, she vowed that any funds left over after the child's burial would be donated to a SIDS research organization.
Both Jasmyne and Adam were arrested on Thursday and charged with felony child neglect. Their elder child, a two-year-old girl, is now in the care of relatives.
This whole story makes my blood boil. Who doesn't check on a 9-month-old child for 16 hours? Not a feeding or a diaper change in all that time? No popping your head into the nursery to make sure the baby's sleeping in the right position and that her breathing is normal? Who does that? These parents may not have intended to hurt their child, but they certainly did nothing to prevent that from happening.
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