I’m all for breastfeeding, yo. Even in public. Really, wherever a baby needs to eat, she should.
However, being pro-breastfeeding seems to me to be a matter of good sense. Then some woman comes along and loses her senses, and it makes you wonder.
A man in Kettering, OH (outside of Dayton) called the police after he saw a woman breastfeeding while she was driving. Not only that, but she was talking on the cell, too. There are unconfirmed reports that she was simultaneously chewing gum.
Okay, okay…all joking aside: oy vey.
The male motorist called the non-emergency number for the police and informed them that not only was this master multitasker riding with a babe in her lap, he saw her drop a few off at school, too.
Police dispatch recorded this from the man:
I tried to say something to her. She literally has the little girl on the steering wheel and I said, ‘I can’t believe you have that kid in your lap and she said, ‘You want to pop your titty out and breastfeed this kid?’ That’s what she said to me.
The police couldn’t locate the minivan, so they used the license plate number to get contact info. The officer who spoke to her said she admitted to the DWBF and said she wouldn’t deprive her child when she was hungry.
I don’t deprive my little guy, either (he may tell you differently when he’s star-ving!), but I at least pull over the vehicle! Has it been tempting to do both at once? Of course! Would I? No! If need be, I’ve had someone else drive and then curled my body over the hungry baby to feed while riding. I’ll admit it: I did not wear a seat belt at the time.
Officer Michael Burke, speaking for the department, said the they brought the statement to the city prosecutor. Genine Compton has been charged with first-degree misdemeanor of child endangering and minor misdemeanor for unlawfully restraining her child.
If convicted of the child endangering charge, Compton could face up to 180 days in jail and fined between $1,500 and $1,800, Burke said. If convicted of the unlawful restraint charge, she could be fined up to $150.
The city and the PD both say they don’t object to her BFing in public, only endangering her child.
You can check out a news clip of the story here.
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