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I read this on another website, that shall remain nameless, and I thought it was very interesting.

Choose a Side: Race or Gender?
By Stephanie A. Crockett.

Posted July 1, 2002 -- Earlier this year, Kevin Kelly left his 21-month-old daughter in the family van, where she died after seven hours in the sweltering vehicle.

Virginia authorities determined that the baby's death was an accident; they charged the 46-year-old father of 12 with involuntary manslaughter and child neglect.

Last week, Tarajee Maynor left her two children inside her hot car, where they both died. Maynor was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of felony child abuse in their deaths.

Why the sentencing disparity? Check the facts below.

Kevin Kelly's case:

Frances Kelly, the youngest of 13 children, was found dead in May after sitting in her car seat in the family van for more than seven hours in extreme heat. Kevin Kelly told three older children to watch the toddler while he and several other children ran errands in his car. Instead, Frances sat in her car seat in front of their house until Kelly returned home that night with pizza.

This is not the first time Kelly has lost track of one of his children. Earlier this year, he left his 3-year-old son Martin at a neighborhood video store for more than two hours. The store tracked Kelly down at home, and according to the Washington Post, he didn't know that his son was missing.

Kelly has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child neglect; charges that at most carry a 15-year sentence.

Tarajee Maynor's case:

On Friday, Maynor, 25, left her 10-month-old daughter Acacia and 3-year-old son Adonnis in her black compact car for three hours while she got her hair done. After she left the hairdresser, police say she drove around for hours trying to think up a story to tell authorities.

She initially told them that she was abducted and raped, then taken back to the parking lot where she found her children dead.

Maynor, who is now pregnant with her third child, is in jail without bond. She will be back in court July 10 to face murder and felony child abuse charges. If convicted, Maynor will automatically face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

What do you think? Should Maynor, a Black woman, be charged with murder while Kelly, who is White, is only charged with involuntary manslaughter? Is this a question of race or gender? Is neglect worse when it comes from a mother versus a father?

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Hmmm... very interesting, Mspretty!!

But, I'll tell ya, the way I see it, it is a matter of ignornance on both sides, but in different ways!!

In the Kelly situation, the man was stupid and obviously has too many kids, if he's going to "lose" one at any point in time! By contrast, though, the Maynor woman knew her children were in the car and left them there with full knowledge of what she was doing. That's a whold other kind of stupid all in itself!!

Both are horrible excuses for a parent. But, with the stories as they are, I can see involuntary manslaughter in the Kelly case, and murder in the Maynor situation. Does that mean Kelly shouldn't have done time? No, not necessariy! He needed to do time just for being ignorant enough to leave his baby with siblings that obviously were not ready for the responsibility, and then not being responsible enough himself to know where his child was!

To me, stupidity should be a crime in some instances!! And the Kelly case is definitely one of those!
The Detroit case (Tarajee) is definitely more heinous than the Virginia case. I've heard of people forgetting they left a child in a car before, and it always annoys me that there are people who could be so stupid. But when I heard about the woman in Detroit, I was horrified. I'm sure she didn't mean to do it, but her actions were so identical to a purposeful act that legally it has to be murder. If I hold an anvil in my hand, hanging outside of my 12th story window, and then let go of the anvil to scratch an itch, it's murder, even if I didn't intend to let go of the anvil, and even if I didn't mean for any pedestrian below to get their skull smashed. It's not like she had 13 kids and lost track of them. There was absolutely no mitigating factor in her case at all. The only thing I don't really like is the "without possibility of parole" part. But then again, her two dead kids don't have that possibility either.

I would definitely see an unfair disparity if the facts were switched and she still got murder.

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