Friday, October 17, 2008


Belly's plight is like many others in these tough economic times. She's barely employed and struggling to pay the rent. She even took the drastic move to plaster her plight on posters around Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. She's also a "Christian woman." So far, it seems prayer has not worked.

Right now, apartments are ranging from $1,700-$5,000 a month in Carroll Gardens, where the average price for a one bedroom is hovering around $2,100. Currently most of the apartment shares are cramped quarters with single men and women bunking with each other. Unfortunately, she's going to have to ditch the kid for anyone to open their doors to her.

In Nebraska, a father abandoned his nine children---ages 20-months to 17-years old, after his wife died. He couldn't afford to feed or house all of those kids, so under Nebraska's safe haven law, he was legally allowed to dump the children off at a hospital, fire house or police station. In Nebraska alone, 14 children have been ditched legally by their parents in the past few months.

I don't mean to joke about Belly's plight or even her Christianity, but sadly, our glum economy will likely hatch more Belly's. Like Nebraska, both New York and New Jersey have safe haven laws, so don't be surprised, if we find more struggling parents ditching their children in order to survive. Scary, isn't it.

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