Update: Baby-flinging mom says it was a mistake
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I guess, if you were drinking and didn't realize what you were doing, it's okay? I'm sorry, but I don't buy it. I once saw a guy speed into the back of a car stopped at an intersection, then stumble out of his pickup, unsure why the police were surrounding him. The other driver was carried away on a stretcher. I also watched as a man drove his minivan down the wrong side of the street, after injuring several people, looking as if he were doing nothing more than parking carefully in a tight spot.
If you make the choice to drink -- and believe you me, I've done my fair share of heavy drinking -- you still have to accept responsibility for your actions while intoxicated. That means you prepare -- you take the bus to the party, you plan to stay the night, you arrange for someone else to watch the kids while you have your drunken brawl. Sure, it was a mistake, but it's a mistake I hope she pays dearly for. What do you think -- would you let her off the hook?