Thursday, September 06, 2007

More on Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby

The Today Show did a segment on her case this morning, and I can't say I've ever seen Matt Lauer more flabergasted. During his live interview with Clermont County prosecutor, Don White, Matt stumbled over his words, trying to come up with something to say other than "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.. HOW CAN THIS NOT BE A CRIME!?!??!!!"

I watched the interview with my 7 year-old, who wasn't quite sure what the story was about. I told him that a lady left her 2 year-old daughter in the car all day while she was at work, and the baby died. I asked him if he thought she should get in trouble, and he immediately said, "YEAH! I mean, Mommy... she KILLED her BABY! She needs to be in JAIL!"

I told him the story was about the fact that she was NOT in jail, and wasn't getting in trouble at all for the crime.
His reply... "I don't get it, Mommy. Michael Vick hurt some dogs, and HE'S getting in trouble- why isn't she? Will she get in trouble the next time she does something wrong?"

"Well, honey... I don't know. This isn't the first time she left the baby alone in the car- even the police warned her against it".

He said, "You've GOT to be KIDDING ME! They told her, and told her, and told her... and she STILL didn't listen!?!!!? She needs to be in jail, Mommy."
What do you say to that, other than "I know, baby. I think so too, and I don't understand why she's not."

How can my 7 year-old child recognize an illegal act, yet the county prosecutor cannot? I can't help but to believe this has to do with her job as an assistant principal at the junior high, her social status, and, yes... her race. As much as I hate to admit it, I truly believe that if this had happened in a different neighborhood, to a minority woman, she never would have been allowed to go home after the initial incident- she'd be in jail.

Little Cecelia had BLISTERS on her tiny body caused from the heat she endured... she BLISTERED!!! And this wasn't the first time she'd left her locked in the car- she was warned several times by her older daughter's daycare and even the police, yet they STILL chose not to charge her. People... come on. How can this not be criminal?

Negligence is defined as "failure to exercise the degree of care expected of a person of ordinary prudence in like circumstances in protecting others from a foreseeable and unreasonable risk of harm in a particular situation." Seems to fit. A person of ordinary prudence would NOT have left their child locked in a car for 8 hours in 95-100 degree weather.

Reckless is "characterized by the creation of a substantial and unjustifiable risk to the lives, safety, or rights of others and by a conscious and sometimes wanton and willful disregard for or indifference to that risk that is a gross deviation from the standard of care a reasonable person would exercise in like circumstances." OK, I can see why this may not fit, because Slaby didn't act with wanton and willful disregard. She didn't purposely leave her baby in the car, so I can see why charges involving "reckless" wouldn't apply.

Endangerment is simply defined as "the crime or tort of exposing others to possible harm or danger." Considering she exposed her daughter to enough heat to cause harm, danger, and death... why doesn't this fit into Ohio laws?? Because in Ohio, in order for you to be considered "endangering" someone's life, you must also be guilty of recklessness, and she's not. SO WHY IN THE HELL DID THE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECOMMEND CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES WHEN THEY KNEW THEY WOULDN'T STICK!!!!

In my mind, this woman deserves more than just her own mental anguish over the death of her daughter. She's still on PAID administrative leave, and won't be criminally charged for killing her daughter. In my world, she'd be in jail, and charged with Negligent Homicide or Involuntary Manslaughter. Her actions caused the death of her child, even if she didn't do it on purpose. I fail to see how that doesn't fit the definition negligent homicide or involuntary manslaughter.

You can read the police report HERE.


  • Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby is a disgusting fat pig who cares more about donuts than she does her own child. It is so true, Michael Vick tortured and killed dogs and he's going to jail. She tortured and killed a child and she doesn't even get a ticket or fine. Where is the justice for this child.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:58 PM  

  • I hope you never make a mistake which results in injury to your kids. In your world, you will receive n mercy I assume even from yourself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:50 PM  

  • What this woman did was not a mistake, it was murder. And she's getting away with it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:46 PM  

  • She didn't make a mistake, she slowly cooked her own child to death, and she wants to go back to work at the scene of the crime. It should be up to a grand jury to decide if it's murder or a mistake.

    By Anonymous Donna, at 10:35 AM  

  • Had this woman not been warned by police before about leaving her child in the car it may be easier to believe this was a mistake, but in light of previous warnings this looks a lot like murder or at the very least criminal negligence. I'm very happy Michael Vick has gone to jail for dogfighting, this miserable sow should be there with him - if she happened to be black, she would be. -JG

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:01 AM  

  • it was no accident no good minded person would do that to a child i have a 9 month old baby and i would never leave him in a hot car or leave him alone anywhere who would? she would because she is crazy and sick and is getting away with it its disgusting

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:06 PM  

  • She deserves to be strapped in a carseat and left in the same sort of temperatures, with no refreshments, etc etc.

    By Anonymous VanWhistler, at 8:16 AM  

  • The reason it's not a crime is because it was an ACCIDENT. No matter how bad the accident is, it's called an ACCIDENT. She didn't mean to kill her baby and she's already suffering enough by knowing it was all her fault her child is dead. On top of that, she's basically the most hated mom right about now even though this has happened before, one recent one being a woman at a PetSmart I go to, which also forgot she had her baby in the car.

    People have routines and when it's broken things happen. I love how all of you are so quick to call her a fat bitch and a horrible mother but it was a terrible accident that she didn't mean to do and she's suffering enough without all your ignorants mouths running off.

    Bad shit happens to every mother but they're not all willing to come out here and talk about it. Which is why Oprah hosted an anonymous telephone line for mothers and you'd be surprised about what anonymous women called in. Especially the one who found her kid with a cord around his neck!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:19 AM  

  • People are so fast to judge. This life is so demanding. I am so busy that sometimes I forget things that are really important. Anyone can make a mistake. Unfortunately, this had a fatal consequence. I hope this woman learn to forget herself. I t was not her fault.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:59 PM  

  • The cruelty I have read on this site has been disheartening. A child died a very horrible death. May those of us who are parents never have to experience the guilt, pain and sadness brenda slaby must feel everyday.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:24 PM  

  • Just an FYI she's teaching in Kentucky now. She's a speech therapist in Kenton County... How the hell does that happen?!?!?!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:09 PM  

  • I've always kept a picture of the baby to remind me that Clermont County is crooked and there is real evil in the world.

    By Blogger Dennis Latham, at 2:20 PM  

  • Being forgetful happens randomly to all humans. Being rude and cruel happens only when the human allows it too. Some of you should be ashamed of yourselves for the comments you have posted. If you are not ashamed it is because you have not been taught no morals. So, shame on your Mother & Father!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:04 PM  

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