A Georgia woman took advantage of a loophole in a Nebraska law to abandon her 12-year-old son in Lincoln last week.
And now Georgia officials are on their way to Nebraska to bring him back.
Tysheema Brown, 33, said she tried everything she could do to help her son before driving over 1000 miles to take advantage of Nebraska's "Safe Haven" law.
The law was originally intended to protect unwanted infants. Every state has a Safe Haven law, but Nebraska is the only state that does not have an age cap.
In Georgia, the age cap to abandon a baby without fear of prosecution is 3 days old.
Since Nebraska's law took effect in July, 20 children ranging in age from 1 to 17 years have been dropped off at local hospitals. Critics of the law argue that it was never intended to allow frustrated parents to abandon teenagers.
"This law has had serious, unintended consequences," Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said in a statement. "It needs to be changed to focus on its original intent — protecting infants."
Heineman said that the state legislature intends to meet to amend the safe haven law so that it only applies to infants up to three days old. The next legislative session isn't until January 2009.
Brown saw no other option but to drive to Nebraska after her mom told her about Nebraska's Safe Haven law. Her son had been kicked out of two schools for fighting and he was arrested for stealing a camera. Brown feared he would end up in the state's badly run juvenile corrections facilities.
"I just broke out crying,” said Brown, who drove over 15 hours straight with her son and 7-year-old daughter. She left her son at Lincoln General Hospital East on Saturday night. "I ran out of fight. I ran out of hope," she said. "I never ran out of love for my child."
Brown said when they reached Nebraska her son turned to her and said, "Mom, do I have to go?"
Julia Hudson who, suffered a tragic loss of three family members including her 7-year-old son Julian, updated her Myspace page today.
Julia's page was updated amid speculation that her page might have been hacked into due to numerous inappropriate comments on her page.
But according to some readers, her page contained those inappropriate statements even before the body of her son was found yesterday. Julia indicated her stormy relationship with her estranged husband William Balfour, may have cost her her son's life:
I GUESS IT'S TIME TO UPDATE THIS WHEN I STARTED MY MYSPACE ALL OF THE ABOVE WAS TRUE, NOW BECAUSE I CHOSE TO DO WHAT WAS NATURAL TO ME AND LOVE SOMEONE, IT COST ME MY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY MY WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL LOVING SUPPORTING MOTHER DARNELL, MY TRUE BLUE BABY BROTHER JASON , I LOVE U BIG BABY ...
AND LAST BUT NEVER NOT LEAST MY ONLY SON JULIAN , MY INNOCENT BABY ONE THAT WAS SHELTERED FROM ALL THE EVIL IN THE WORLD BECAUSE WE LOVED HIM SO MUCH... BUT THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVING SUPPORT, I KNOW SOME OF YAL HAVE YOUR OPINIONS AND YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THAT , LIKE WHY IS SHE LOGGING ON TO MYSPACE AT A TIME LIKE THIS , LET ME TELL YOU WHY I WAS HOPING THAT , THAT WAS A WAY TO MAYBE HELP ME GET MY SON, MY BABY THE ONE I CARRIED UNDER MY HEART FOR 8 1/2 MONTHS THE SON IT TOOK ME 21 HOURS OF LABOR TO BRING HERE THE SON I GREW TO KNOW AND LOVE FOR JUST A FEW MONTHS OVER 7 YEARS THATS WHY ...
AND NOW FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ACTUALLY CARED THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT , THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS , THANK YOU FOR POSTING HIS PICTURE ON YOUR PAGES AS YOUR DEFAULT PICTURE THANK YOU... BUT HIS LIL SOUL IS AT EASE, I TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT JULIAN IS WITH MY MOTHER AND MY BROTHER AND MOST OF ALL THE LORD AND NOW HE'S MY ANGEL HE'S PROTECTING ME... ..
Beyonce and Jay Z continue their wretched excess by spending thousands on things they don't need just to impress the common folk (their STANS). This purchase would not be newsworthy if they didn't spend 70 thousand dollars on this garish piece of furniture:
Newlyweds Beyoncé and Jay-Z are obviously not feeling a dent to their nicely lined bank accounts like the rest of the country—the power couple smacked down $70k on a new dining room table.
No, not a new dining room—just the friggin' table, a hideous piece of furniture that belongs back on the tree it came from, not in someone's living quarters. Seventy grand? You could buy the entire contents of IKEA with that. Why doesn't architecture hobbyist Brad Pitt help the couple decorate—B.P.'s been known to plunk down endless amounts of his hard-earned money on fugly fine-art furniture, too—just looks so much better. Oh, and which we're certain won't get utterly ruined with six kids all under the age of seven running around. (Source)
Shout out to the loyal reader who emailed me with this yesterday. It appears that grieving mother Julia Hudson's Myspace page may have been hacked sometime yesterday after the news that her son Julian King was found dead.
In a question and answer survey on Julia's page, someone wrote:
What was the last thing you did with 7?: TALKED SHIT BOUT MY EX
Do you know 4's parents?: I SHOULD HOPE SINCE THE SAME PU**Y SET US FREE
Want to have kids?: WHETER I WANTED TO OR NOT HIS ASS IS HERE
Hopefully someone in the Hudson camp will make this page private out of respect to the family.
I wrote the title of this post to highlight how preposterous it is to believe that these two bumbling redneck white boys were any threat to Barack Obama. Their "plot" was neither well organized nor well thought out. But please know that there are nut cases out there who are very serious about harming any sitting president.
Yesterday I read an insightful post on Black Voices forums by a member who highlights the characteristics of the type of boys that black women should avoid at all costs!
Just to be clear, I am not making a sweeping indictment of all black men. Just the ones who are disrespectful and shiftless who call themselves men but don't have the common sense to pull their pants up in the presence of women and children.
If you want others outside of our community to respect our women, the respect begins at home.
Some women need to understand that it's okay to be by yourself. If you bring ex-convicts and thugs around your children because you have no self respect or common sense to know better -- this post is for you.
by thenewtrolone77 on October 27, 2008 07:16:28 PM
This is a two-way street that both brothers and sisters have to walk. Sisters should heavily screen these guys they're dealing with. Too many times black women want that gangsta thug because he's edgy, presents that challenge, has that swag to them and has what is a false sense of stud confidence. You can't tell who's a killa off the top, but there are warning signs that flashes a red light sisters ignore.
How he deals with you - Is his tone of voice belligerent? Is he aggressive-does he talk tough, tries to grab you when you don't want to be grabbed, raises his voice when you try and calm him down, displays a temper over trivial stuff? Does he try and intimidate you and make you fear him? Does he show jealousy when friends came around or a male friend at that? Does he try to control you-where you go, who you talk to, make you give him money, occupy most of your time? Is he abusive-calling you names, cussing you out over the phone or person over nothing, does he step in your face during an argument, does he get physically violent (that can mean breaking stuff or outright contact in any way)?
How does he relate to you sexually - does always come at you hard, constantly for sex, is he actually intimate? Or, is he overly romantic? Over sweet-talking you, over-complimenting you (as if he's trying to manipulate you), telling you he loves you after an argument, using lines just to get what he wants, etc?
Black talk radio is still buzzing about the coon-tastic antics of comedian D.L. Hughley on his CNN "news" show this past weekend.
When CNN announced a new program hosted by the black stand up comedian (who isn't even funny), what did you think the show would be about? Did you honestly think D.L. was hosting a news program on CNN? Lol.
D.L. Hughley moved up quickly through the ranks of black comedians to achieve national fame by cooning. He is hilarious to them, but not to most of us who don't get that type of dry humor.
By hiring Hughley, CNN hopes to recreate the success of Dave Chapelle's groundbreaking show. But unlike Chappelle, who used comedy to highlight the disparity between African-Americans and whites, Hughley is just a coon in a puppet show.
As one radio caller said on WAOK this morning, don't stop at blaming CNN for using our people to humiliate us -- blame BET, black radio and Hip Hop also. If you're going to complain about the coonery on CNN, then you must also complain about the ongoing coonery and misogyny on BET in music videos and Hip Hop music on urban radio.