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Lawmaker Wants to Help Crazy Parents Abandon Their Children
Uncertain about this whole parenting business?
Not to worry. Have a child and see how you like him. Take five years. If you're not completely satisfied, just return the child to the nearest police or fire station, outpatient medical facility or place of worship.
No law enforcement officer will call on you. In fact, state Rep. Chip Limehouse of South Carolina wants you to abandon your unwanted child.
It's better than killing the kid.
If parents are so crazy that they would kill their children, Limehouse tells CBS News, let them abandon them instead. That's why he proposes state legislation to enable parents to discard their kids -- without penalty -- any time during their first five years of life.
South Carolina's current return policy only gives you 30 days to make up your mind as to whether or not you want to keep your kids. Within that month, you can drop them off at any of the aforementioned locations without penalty.
Limehouse tells CBS News he's haunted by the Aug. 16 murder of two children in Orangeburg, Fla., where Shaquan Duley allegedly suffocated her 2-year-old and 18-month-old sons in an Orangeburg motel, then strapped them into their car seats and let the car roll into a river to cover up their deaths.
"If parents get up against the wall so bad that somehow their mind twists, and they believe in their twisted way that murdering their children is their way out of their situation, hopefully this new law would provide a pressure valve for this sort of evil behavior," the Republican from Charleston tells the network.
He says he suggests age 5 because, by that time, most children are in kindergarten and interacting with other adults who might spot a family's problems.
David Laird of The Children's Trust of South Carolina tells CBS the Orangeburg case calls for in-home early education and other measures, but that the bill Limehouse intends to introduce when the South Carolina Legislature convenes in January needs to be studied.
Limehouse, the father of two, tells the network he just wants to keep the choice between parenthood and murder out of the hands of dangerously unstable people.
"It chills you to your marrow to read the accounts of what happened to these poor children," he says.
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