Parents Didn’t Realize They Left 3-Year-Old At Chuck E. Cheese’s Until Watching News

HARFORD COUNTY, Md. (CBSDC) — Harford County authorities say parents didn’t realize they left their 3-year-old daughter at a Chuck E. Cheese’s until watching the 11 p.m. news.

The manager of the restaurant told the sheriff’s office that Harmony came up to one of the employees shortly after 8 p.m. saying she was thirsty. The little girl was with a group of 14 people, including her mom and dad who are separated, earlier in the day.

The manager called authorities after being unable to find the group she was with and deputies waited until 9:30 p.m. when they brought her back to the precinct and contacted Child Protective Services. The sheriff’s office also contacted local media outlets to try to locate the child’s parents.

After the story aired, the sheriff’s office received several phone calls, including from Harmony’s mother and father. Both stated that they thought Harmony left with other family members during the party.

Child Protective Services released Harmony back to her mother after authorities determined it was an accident. No charged are expected to be filed.

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  1. Finbar says:

    What we got here is a failure to communicate. No harm, no foul.

    1. Susan says:

      ARE YOU KIDDING??
      This wasnt a simple ‘failure to communicate.’ This was a mother and father who didnt care enough about their child to check on her whereabouts. The father, should have waited around to say ‘goodbye’ to his little girl… AS she was getting in the car with her mother. The jackal that bore the child should have been curious as to who was taking her child home with them, enough so to at least ASK where her child was. I just cant believe they let the mother take her home. Hopefully CPS is investigating this family.

      1. Tammy Balarck says:

        The news gets more ridiculous everyday after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials have taken over Washington and the media. They don’t want you to know the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is now an illusion.

        The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      2. caligula says:

        Hey JD (AKA Tammy). still pushing your loony website to make money? classy.

      3. Catie says:

        Chill out. The parents are probably torturing themselves over this. These things happen.

      4. TYRONE WILLINGHAM says:

        Hey, that’s just we roll in our http://www.NewNation.org
        Don’t you Dare Judge US!

      5. Jamie says:

        That’s what I was thinking… who just drives off and leaves their child with no prior arrangement’s or good-bye’s?? That’s insane.

      6. BOStinks2 says:

        EXACTLY! Could not have said it better Susan!

      7. Ryder says:

        WRONG. Have you never seen Home Alone?

        Grow up.

      8. CD says:

        @Rydder, Yes I have and those parents were more concerened about getting to the airport than they were about getting everyone safely to the airport. The parents delegated their responsiby to a child. So, I agree with Susan, they just didn’t care enough to check on their child’s whereabouts.

    2. Bob A says:

      You are an unreliable idiot!

  2. 1608thepoet says:

    This little girl needs a 2 parent family who loves her enough to know where she is at all times. It seems that the parents have more important (to them) priorities.

    1. Ben Dover says:

      Good luck finding a two parent family.

      1. nutstoyou says:

        Good luck finding a daddy in the ghetto.

  3. I know better says:

    Well, that’s one way to find out that your parents are incompetent morons.

  4. CV says:

    Ah yes the takers of society.

  5. Steve says:

    Bush’s fault.

    1. BoomBoom Washington says:

      Alliluyeva!!!! DATS DA TRUTH RIGHT HERE MANG! If Bush cared about the COMMUNITIES INSTEAD OF RICH CRACKA’s WE’d ALL BE LIKE WEALTHY N NHEEIT.

      VOTE OBAMA!!! HOPE AND CHANGE!!! Yaaaaaaaaah

  6. Rightside says:

    This is what we get when we forgive all manner of social failings. But hey I am sure they are in the process of putting their lives back togethr and will be cutting a new rap record shortly.

  7. Steve says:

    there is a white Wall St banker to blame.

  8. Concerned Mom of 5 says:

    Ahhh yes…. Crackheads for parents. This child is oh so fortunate.

  9. Jeffrey Heavin says:

    More Chuck E. Cheese Ghetto high-jinx !

    1. Gerry says:

      We don’t go to Chuck E. Cheese but I have read articles stating how bad many of the parents are that go there. I really have no intention to take my young boy there in the future because of the negative feedback.

  10. Backnblack says:

    POS Parents for sure

  11. Judy says:

    I think Jesus’ parents did the same thing if I recall correctly. Hopefully this is just a miscommunication and not a pattern of neglect.

    1. Jimmy says:

      Yes, except Jesus was 12, and they were all traveling in a large caravan.

      1. Andrew P. says:

        He was also the Son of God, so there is that…

    2. rucksud says:

      Jesus was 12 years old and at the Synagoge. When we were kids, we went to the movies by ourselves at 12 yo. This child was THREE YEARS OLD.

    3. dregba says:

      Judy, you are right, and I agree

      Judge not unless you be judged, condem not unless you be condemed….
      by same measure in which you judge, you shall be judged.

      Thank God the devil didn’t have his way!

      1. ruckus says:

        Jusus was 12 years old, the age of accountability. He was in the temple . At 12, My friends and I were riding our bikes to and from ball practice. We went to the movies by ourselves and we certainly were capable of getting to and from Chuck E Cheese if we were in that position. THIS WAS A THREE YEAR OLD CHILD. At 3 years old, you should not leave them out of your sight in a crowded place like this. Lots of difference in 3 and 12 You certainly must see the difference

  12. solarman says:

    yea you had to make sure right… like your word matters on a msg board of millions on the web.. lol im not a lefty neither my friend, i swing from the right.. i just get a kick out of comments like yours.. haha

  13. MaryA says:

    This poor little girl has idiots for parents. What kind of a chance will she have in this world if she isn’t even looked out after at 3 years old?? What will she be like at 16? Pregnant? It’s sad but unfortunately many parents are unworthy of the children they were given.

    1. NA says:

      The Government will gladly take care of this little girl, provide the abortion in the event of a pregnancy, and will provide sexual training and contraception as needed and as often as possible, free of course. Oh, not to mention, her food, clothing, shelter, education and anything else she feels deprived of she will be owed by all the other American families that somehow keep up with their children.
      May God Bless this girl and prevent a country that would encourage this scenario…….perhaps it was Gods plan for Jesus to be left astounding the Pharisees with his wisdom and knowledge of the scripture and not hanging out playing children’s games.

    2. weeone says:

      she’ll be a mother of 2 or 3 by age 16

  14. godhelpus says:

    Well you can’t judge anybody anymore so evidently we have to assume it’s OK to do leave your kids at a restaurant. Oh wait, I’ll bet Chucky’s is serving low quality food so it’s their fault.

    1. Andrew P. says:

      Hahaha.. Chucky’s has always served low quality food. The appeal usually isn’t the food.

  15. Rod Anders says:

    Good deal. Returned her back to the irresponsible mother. Expect the next story to be about the child being left somewhere and turning up dead.

  16. Cy says:

    They walk amoung us…………………

    1. george says:

      AND they vote. Cool, huh?

  17. Crosscut says:

    This is what happens when there is too much weed.

    1. Andrew P. says:

      Ridiculous comment. Why do people blame bad parenting on weed? If you are going to blame a drug, why not blame heroin, meth, or cocaine? Why not blame pharmaceuticals? Why is it always that weed is to blame?

      I don’t have children, but I’ve never been so stoned that I’ve lost my little brother at Six Flags, or my little sister at Disneyland. And they are siblings; I can’t imagine leaving one’s children! I can smoke a kush-hash-kush sandwich bowl, and still think clearly enough to not neglect those I love. Heck, I can be tripping on mushrooms in the desert and still answer a phone call from my older sister and talk to her about why he (an ex) didn’t deserve her anyway. If you love someone, you take care of them unconditionally.

      No, no, no. You don’t get to blame the idiocy of others on stoners. If that is what happens to YOU after YOU smoke too much, than that is YOUR fault.

      1. NA says:

        Wait……………………….What?

      2. Peace. says:

        Apparently you haven’t smoked enough. Chill dude.

      3. ruckus says:

        But you seem stoned enough to give us a incoherent RANT

  18. Bob A says:

    This is what happens when you have children just to get a free ride from the government.

  19. richaskennedy says:

    Pot smokers.. yo got the kid I got the stash..

    1. Andrew P. says:

      Ridiculous comment. Why do people blame bad parenting on weed? If you are going to blame a drug, why not blame heroin, meth, or cocaine? Why not blame pharmaceuticals? Why is it always that weed is to blame?
      I don’t have children, but I’ve never been so stoned that I’ve lost my little brother at Six Flags, or my little sister at Disneyland. And they are siblings; I can’t imagine leaving one’s children! I can smoke a kush-hash-kush sandwich bowl, and still think clearly enough to not neglect those I love. Heck, I can be tripping on mushrooms in the desert and still answer a phone call from my older sister and talk to her about why he (an ex) didn’t deserve her anyway. If you love someone, you take care of them unconditionally.
      No, no, no. You don’t get to blame the idiocy of others on stoners. If that is what happens to YOU after YOU smoke too much, than that is YOUR fault.

      1. wes says:

        You aren’t helping your cause Andrew. Trust me when I tell you you’ll get much farther in life if you just don’t say or write your thoughts.

  20. Enemyof Theobamastate says:

    Jungle parenting skills at there finest.

  21. Spanky says:

    Bush’s fault, but Barry protected the girl.

    1. weeone says:

      he hasn’t called her yet

  22. Cindy says:

    FYI People who make racist comments and try and defend themselves by calling out people who show them up,we’re on to you.

  23. Alex says:

    Stupid stupid people! Just like the ones that vote for Obama!

  24. demslayer says:

    Obama voters breeding… Pitiful.

    1. Cindy says:

      You’re not pro life then I take it.

  25. Bob59 says:

    Is it true little Harmony will be changing her name to Discord?

    1. manicatlarge says:

      No, Discard.

      1. Ted Rutherford says:

        good shot!

  26. NDSue says:

    My parents (dad a high school principal, mom, the church organist, a stay-at home mom who later went back to teaching) left me at church once – with 5 kids, it can get hectic on a Sunday morning. They left one of my brothers once, and he was so mad he wouldn’t get in the car when we went back for him. It’s a family memory that gets funnier over time. CHILL OUT.

    1. Keepswimn says:

      Are you trying say chuckie cheese is the same as your church where most people know you?

      1. NDSue says:

        I’m saying that the fact that there were many people involved, that the parents were separated and may have been assured by some others in their party that the child was with the other parent – lots of factors may have been involved that we’re not aware of. There is no such thing as a perfect parent, and even the most attentive ones can end up hurting their children by stifling their growth through overprotection. Is there a history of negligence here, or was there an explainable mistake made? Again – CHILL OUT. Thank heavens the little girl is all right. The parents don’t need to be labeled and maligned in the ways they’ve been on this thread, and whether Chuckie Cheese is the same as my church has absolutely nothing to do with a parent being frazzled.

    2. ruckus says:

      I think that being left in Church is a little different than Chuck E Cheese.

      1. Peace. says:

        Yeah, I agree its different. It’s probably worse. Afterall, most child abductions, abuse, and molestation happens to children from a person they know quite well. And have you read the news lately, just because you go to church doesnt make you a good person.

  27. BeeGeeAlette says:

    I believe we have paid pot stirrers on these blogs. Their goal is to increase racial tension. Workers of iniquity. Blessed are the peace makers.

  28. WilliamPenn says:

    Sometimes it’s hard being smarter than the dope.

  29. Chuck E Chimpout says:

    If you’ve ever endured a visit to Chuck E.Cheese’s, you’d understand why both parents wanted to get the hell out of there in a hurry.

    1. Cindy says:

      Its the worst.

  30. 16Trillion says:

    Stuff happens. Moving on..

  31. LorFalcon says:

    This happened to me when I was about 3 years old too!! My parents had taught me never to cross the street without holding either’s hand. (this was in New York City) Guess what? One time they each thought I was holding the other’s hand and they left me at the crosswalk. I wailed and bawled. But they didn’t realize till like 3 blocks away!

    It’s now a family story to be remembered.

    1. susan gray says:

      You’re right! This is crazy stuff that happens to even loving parents. The kid’s cute, has parents, that even though separated, came together (probably for their kids) at the nightmarish Chuck E. Cheese. She’s back home now, and will have something to make her Mom and Dad feel guilty about until she’s ready for Medicare. The real tragedy would have been foster care!

  32. ski says:

    They mus have been texting and parenting at the same time, not a wise move, could cost you your kid.

  33. dam says:

    Parents of the Year, hands down!

  34. Josephine Beers1 says:

    Farking knickers!

  35. Toothless Dawg says:

    Another example of, “This is your brain on crack”

  36. Reynold says:

    This happened to Jesus too. Joseph and Mary left him in Jerusalem when he was 12, and didn’t realize it until they were half-way home a day later. They found him talking away in the Temple!

  37. krp says:

    “Child Protective Services released Harmony back to her mother after authorities determined it was an accident. No charged are expected to be filed.”

    10-to-1 the parents are registered Democrats, You know quite well that if they were even suspected of being Republicans any and every government agency would be p-ing all over themselves to get the parents put in jail on anything they could think of.

  38. Johs says:

    Typical minority everyone has an auntie in all families.. I guess if you have babies with multiple daddies it does get confusing..

  39. Mr.Orion says:

    There must be an overpaid fat-assed censoring unloved liberal hag wielding her “power” over comments. LOL what a loser you are to have such a meaningless existence.

  40. nutstoyou says:

    How much ya wanna bet they’re getting welfare for having the kid?

  41. Jim Mobley says:

    It de cultua main! Dat ain’t righ!

  42. terry says:

    I’ll bet each parent know when the welfare check arrives, and how much $$$it is, and who to lobby/pressure for more.

    1. Sketch says:

      Lobbyists make more.

      1. Teddy Novak says:

        Clarification – lobbyists (and others who have jobs) do indeed MAKE more but parasites on welfare TAKE what is made by others.

        http://www.zazzle.com/FirstPrinciples?rf=238518351914519699

  43. Jsmith says:

    “Both stated that they thought Harmony left with other family members during the party.”

    We’re not talking about a camera here, nitwits. This is a human being, your own flesh and blood. You need to wake the heck up and get responsible for your actions as parents.

  44. Bag of Hammers says:

    Trendy.

  45. Mike G says:

    There is no news here. Obama supporters have abused and neglected their children for years while spending all their time eating, boozing, and getting high and making more children to continue the cycle.

  46. Rhonda says:

    That poor child!! In most places you have to have a liscense to own a dog but anyone can have a child..but it should be a law for some people to have a child!! People like this shouldn’t be allowed to breed!!! You don’t just assume that a child has gone with the other parent ANYWHERE!!!! You always check before leaving an establishment, party, park, ect. Somebody could have taken this poor child and she could have never been seen again. I hope her parents know just how lucky they are this time!!!

  47. AAA says:

    Just listening to some of you CLOWNS and your “jokes” you choose to call “reasoning” is pathetic and hilarious, at best!!
    THERE IS NO (NONE) excuse for what happened!! PERIOD! Niether one of these morons are fit to be parents.

    1. Sketch says:

      Maybe they should have been offered effective birth control?

      1. Teddy Novak says:

        Maybe they should be offered mandatory sterilization.

        http://www.zazzle.com/FirstPrinciples?rf=238518351914519699

  48. Nick says:

    You people are sick in the head.

  49. 11 11 says:

    I’m betting the odds are that one or both of these ‘parents’ live on entitlement programs.

  50. DandyDon says:

    And they VOTE!!!!

  51. Larry says:

    Useless parents, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.

    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.

    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

    http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437

  52. Tea Party Patriot says:

    clearly this family is obama voters

    1. Maria says:

      That’s an ientlilgnet answer to a difficult question xxx

      1. James says:

        An “IENTLILGNET answer????? PLEASE, MARIA . . . LEARN HOW TO SPELL *BEFORE* YOU TYPE IN A REPLY TO *ANYTHING*!!!

    2. Fernando says:

      16a142351caDefinitely believe that which you satetd. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks 187

  53. Nobama 2012 says:

    Obama voters Im sure. What ever happened to people taking responsibility especially where a young child is involved. Oh that’s right progressives don’t accept responsibility.

  54. Snitch-in-Time says:

    Bad as divorse is, the recipe for disaster here was lack of communication. Even in an intact family, when both parents take separate cars to functions (sometimes required by a long work commutes) they must always check with the other to ensure all the kids are accounted for before the last person leaves the event. All the large families we interact with socially have had to adopt this protocol and have similar stories of how they left or almost left a kid when assuming the child left with the other parent. Glad they got little Harmony back

  55. Cuong says:

    It’s an accident people! Even good parents forget now and then. Heck, didn’t Mary and Joseph forgot their son (Jesus) and had to come back for him. They also thought he was with other family members in the group. And after coming back for him, they found him preaching in the temple!

    Were they bad parents? Maybe they should have put Jesus in foster care and hope he will receive better care there???

    1. Teddy Novak says:

      Well that’s certainly a dimwitted reply. I don’t recall Jesus being left in a Chuck E. Cheese.

      http://www.zazzle.com/FirstPrinciples?rf=238518351914519699

    2. ruckus says:

      Jesus was 12 years old, the age of accountability. At that age I was riding my bike to the movies, ball practice Etc. This is a THREE YEAR OLD CHILD. Surely you can see the difference. ???.

  56. theJackal says:

    What type of parent would would leave their child in a Chuck E. Chesse’s without knowing exactly who their child was with. Ohhh, never mind their basketball-Americans. The people that kill for Nike’s…. “Oh I thought someone else had my kid.” Whhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa, the real scary thing is that most basketball-Americans don’t think she did anything wrong.

  57. theJackal says:

    What do you expect from entitlement parasites that vote for Obama.

  58. Cindy says:

    Things are being posted under my name that I did not write. Guess you’re trying to give yourselves something decent to respond to.Caught you.

  59. Terry says:

    Mary and Joseph made the same mistake with the Child Jesus.

    1. ruckus says:

      Jesus was 12 years old, the age of accountability. At that age, my friends and I were allowed to go on our own. It was much safer for children then. This child was three years old. In this world now, she could have easily been abducted. Surely, you can see the difference??

  60. Realist says:

    What a great argument for mandatory sterilization!

  61. para says:

    I dont want to live on this planet anymore.

    1. ruckus says:

      Remember the old country and Western song, “Stop the World and let me off”

  62. Barry D. Stewart says:

    Ok, I managed to establish that Harmony is the name of the little girl in the story, although that was never stated. My next question is, were the parents separated earlier in the day? Is this reporter functionally illiterate? Seriously, do they not teach basic English or Grammer in schools? Especially for someone who wants to be a “journalist”!!

  63. Derick Moore says:

    I’ll admit that this story is different because I left both my son and grandson behind, but it still applies because it could easily have been just my grandson.

    On returning from races over a thousand miles from home in the middle of the night, I stopped at a fast food restaurant beside the highway. In the back seat, my son and grandson were asleep.

    When I came back to the car, I tried not to disturb the ‘sleepers’ and quietly started up and drove away.

    It was purely dumb luck that when I passed through a well lit intersection about 10 miles down the road, I looked into the back seat in the rear view mirror.

    Imagine my surprise when I didn’t see anyone in the back seat. (I was so taken back in unbelief that I reached around behind the seats…. I guess I thought they could be hiding…. actually impossible.)

    Fortunately, my son had a cell phone, so I called him and told him I was coming back. To this day he doesn’t understand how I could have failed to notice they got out and went into the restaurant.

    All I can say is, “It can happen!”.

    1. weeone says:

      Ya Mr. Moore, like we believe you!🙂

  64. Eric Gunther Oberhauser says:

    I bet they knew where their “GOD” the cell phone was.

  65. bnchy says:

    Obama has weighed in on this and said it was Bush’s fault

  66. Brad says:

    The children are the ones who reap the consequences of separation and divorce. Once you become a parent, your ‘needs and wants’ become a low priority.

    1. Bee says:

      So what if the parents were so bad together that it would be worse for the child to get raised watching the two of them fight?

      See, people forget that children learn about relationships by watching their parents. When kids watch two people fall out of love and stay in an unhappy and unfulfilling relationship, they start thinking that it’s normal to be in relationships like this and that no matter how bad the relationship is, how unhealthy it is, you should stay with that person because hey- kids are supposedly “better” with two parents who hate each other so much that the most conversation they have on any given day is either a fight or a “pass the milk” type of comment. They learn this and then end up in semi or fully abusive relationships and never learn to think that they deserve better or that their kids deserve to live in a home where the parents actually love each other. Even if the parents aren’t fighting in front of the kids or where the kids can hear each other, it’s pretty obvious that the relationship isn’t working and it makes it 400% more likely that the kids will get into unhappy and unfulfilling relationships.

      Oh yeah… I can definitely see why people are so against divorce. Why should kids be raised in a happy home when they can be raised in sullen silence?

  67. Rich says:

    Look at all the self righteous posts. There were 14 people and parents taking 2 different cars. It was the plot to “Home Alone” for a reason, because every parent knows it could and does happen.

  68. pat says:

    I just feel like I forgot someth…. KEVIN!!!

  69. bernie says:

    Now she’ll have a story to tell her grandchildren !

  70. sdk says:

    WOW…you people obviously don’t have many kids, or were never part of a big family, or that stick up your rear end just won’t budge! It happens to married people, divorced people, sober people, black people, white people in the US and else where…get over yourselves.

    1. ruckus says:

      Many Kids, sdk–this was ONE KID. If two people can’t keep up with one kid–Wow !

  71. Scott says:

    These parents have GOT TO BE obummer supporters. Anyone that dumb, yep.

  72. tom blair says:

    Bet ya $5 these parents are Obama supporters.

  73. Agent VX says:

    If stupidity were painful, there wouldn’t be enough painkillers in the universe to give these two any relief.

  74. Htos1 says:

    Another one of at least 20 reasons why we MUST license,psych/means test for ANY childbirths.And welfare/sec8/hud/ebt/illegal people should get mandatory chemical castration for five years.It MUST happen across the board,rich/poor/indifferent.

  75. Cogito says:

    No doubt voted for Obama.

  76. kendrick1 says:

    I’m appalled at you guys! Expecting someone to exercise personal responsibility? These people are “entitled” to have people with no less than secret service qualifications to take care of these things.

    Shame on you! Get your behinds out there and work harder! TIC

  77. mapache15 says:

    It happened to Jesus so I guess it could happen to anyone. Maybe Mary and Joseph actually left Jesus at Chuck E Cheese!?

    1. Matshediso says:

      This is the ideal answer. Evoernye should read this

  78. Kevin McCallister says:

    One time my parents mistakenly left me at home when they went on a Christmas vacation. At first I was overjoyed. I ate loads of ice cream, watched TV, and even splashed on some of my dad’s aftershave. Things got interesting when these two guys kept trying to break into my house. Soon, I realized that it wasn’t so cool to be alone around the holidays. I finally asked Santa Claus to bring my folks back…and, lo and behold, he did just that. I love you, Santa Claus!

  79. weeone says:

    Earth to parents; YOU HAVE A SERIOUS A D D Problem call you physician immediately!

  80. ekizakei says:

    This at least ended well. i know of a family that went on a picnic around a woody area. When they left the caravan of 4 cars all thought a 3-yr-old boy was in the other car. Got home an hour later, realized the boy was not with them, drove back an hour to the now-dark woody area. THEY found the boy, arms rapped around a tree…dead. He had died of a heart attack.. caused by fear and sorrow… take a head count!!!!!

  81. allness says:

    The biggest clue about these parents is that “they watched the news”. I can’t tell you how many ignorant people I run into only to find out they watch the mainstream news. In fact I am losing a few IQ points being on this CBS site. Wake up people and step outside to see what’s really happening!

  82. Bee says:

    I’m disgusted at some of the comments here about divorce, especially by people who have never been in the position to seriously contemplate it.

    Sometimes divorce is necessary. Children learn from their parents, there’s no denying that. They also model their own personal relationships after what they see at home, which is why so many children who view domestic abuse end up repeating the cycle later on when they become adults. The same is true for unhappy marriages, but you don’t see people starting causes or making the news about this.

    When you’re in a relationship where you have no love left for your spouse and a “good” day is when the two of you don’t speak at all, then it’s time for divorce. When you’re in a relationship where you have screaming matches and you’re starting to throw things at each other and take swipes when the kids aren’t looking, then it’s past time for divorce.

    I grew up in this type of scenario until I was about 14. So did my siblings. We thought it was normal to live in a house where our parents didn’t speak to each other and where people argued at night. Our parents would sometimes get so loud that we’d lie in bed and hear them fight down the hall. We knew that people fought, so we just assumed that all parents were like this and that everyone’s parents had screaming matches and would go without speaking to each other. We thought that being unhappy was just something you had to put up with because it’s “the way things were”. We thought that screaming and silence was what love was like.

    We couldn’t be more wrong and this scenario couldn’t have been more of a toxic situation unless my parents were physically abusive. Oh wait, they actually did get like this after a while. No, they weren’t clawing each other’s faces up or leaving bruises, but it got to the point where my mother would throw things at my father and vice-versa. Nothing that would hurt them, but that they started throwing things was pretty bad.

    The reason my sisters and I watched this for as long as we did was because my parents tried to stay together for us. They tried to make it work. There’s just no staying in a relationship that was that bad off. It wasn’t until later on in my later teens that I realized what relationships were supposed to be like when my parents remarried to people that they actually got along with. I remember talking to my friends about all of this, asking if it was normal for them to be this lovey-dovey. They actually got a little freaked out, saying that it wasn’t normal if they weren’t lovey-dovey.

    My sisters ended up getting into relationships that were similar to how our parents initially lived when they were together. All of the relationships were abusive, with one of my siblings getting into a relationship so abusive that she ended up in the hospital at one point. Her ex would cause her to miscarry several times because he beat her so badly. My sister did have kids, so she tried to stay with him “for the kids” and at times he’d try to make it work as well. It just was such a toxic relationship that it wasn’t healthy. Even today my sister’s kids have nightmares where they’re back with their father and they’re watching him hit her. My parents’ finally got her to leave him by reminding her that they divorced because they weren’t happy and because they wanted a better life for her. Their divorce helped get her out of a bad situation. There were other factors behind her leaving, but remembering that divorce is an option helped save her life. There’s no doubt that if she remained with him, she’d be dead right now.

    And you guys are saying that they should stay together? That my sister and my parents are lesser people because they chose divorce? You guys are fools.

    1. Bee says:

      My other sister wasn’t in a physically abusive relationship, but a mentally abusive one. When she finally left her boyfriend it took years to deprogram my nephew’s viewpoint of relationships. He would go up to people and scream at them because he thought it was normal.

      Everyone in this scenario was much better off after divorce and none of us felt like our lives were lacking because our parents didn’t stay together. If anything, it got better and healthier.

      For people to suggest that divorce only happens because people don’t want to try to make a relationship work and that the relationship would be able to be fixed is a joke. Not every relationship fails because of the people in it being selfish. Sometimes even the strongest relationships fail.

      1. ruckus says:

        Bee That wasn’t a divorce was it? Just a relationship that didn’t work.

  83. stealthfighter says:

    To all the commentators of this article. LMMFAO at all of you. Re-read your own comments.

  84. EVILMIKIE says:

    OCCUPY CHUCK E. CHEESE!!!!!!

  85. Michelle says:

    Good evening

  86. Michelle says:

    Minorities rule America, get with the program or migrate some where else!🙂

  87. Cathi says:

    What stupid “parents.” They shouldn’t be even called parents. What parent would forget their child? Harmony should have been put in foster care and given to a family who would love her, take care of her and NOT leave her behind anywhere.

    1. Mike says:

      So you believe that these children should be put through a life traumatizing experience of foster care? You are a media slave, and have no more common sense than is allowed you by big media.

    2. James says:

      GOOD IDEA, Cathi!!! If these so-called “PARENTS” were anything like what parents sHOULD BE, they would have NEVER left without their child!! Give the child to a family who will love her, take care of her and trewat her with the full respect she deserves, and put these two behind bars for a while! And THEN put them both in a parenting class!!

      1. Mike says:

        Only the guilty claim the right to judge with ferocity. Funny how that works.

      2. James says:

        I amNOT guily, tho, Mike. I am not now, nor have I ever been married. Sorry bubba!!

      3. Mike says:

        1) I didn’t assume your were married or divorced, I only pointed out the obvious.
        2) Objective reality vs. subjective causality: Check your premise.

  88. MSTAY says:

    WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY …. IF THIS WAS A BLACK PARENT OH BOY CHARGES WOULD HAVE BEEN FILED AND NO IM NOT TRYING TO SOUND RACIST BUT THE TRUTH IS JUST THAT FIRST OFF IF YOU HAD A GROUP OF FOURTEEN AND YOUR CHILD WAS WITH ANOTHER GROUP HOW YOU NOT CALL AND MAKE SUR YOUR BABY OKAY AND SAY GOOD NIGHT TO YOUR BABY ANYTHING COULD OF HAPPENED I REALLY FEEL SOMETHING SHOULD OF CAME ABOUT BECAUSE THE CPS WOULD OF MADE AN EXAMPLE OF A BLACK PARENT DONT YOU JUST LOVE OUR SYSTEM ITS AMAZING

  89. ikalith says:

    My dad forgot to pick me up from school once, I was there past dark by myself. What an awful dad he was *eye roll*.

    I don’t see what colour, where they live or who they support has anything to do with them thinking their kid had been taken home by the other parent/family members.

  90. Handmade Jewellery says:

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