Here's yet another casualty in the "War On Drugs". WHY? She was never abused, was healthy, bright, cheerful and much loved by parents who prefered to smoke a little cannabis to relax after 'Alex' went to bed. How many of us or someone we know have a beer or a glass of wine to relax before bed, and how would WE feel is that ultimately put OUR children in the same high-risk situation?
If you watch the Video in the attached article, be warned...it is heartbreaking.
"Two-year-old Alexandria Hill was placed in foster care after her parents were caught smoking marijuana in their home while she slept. Authorities charged them with "neglectful supervision," and just months away from getting their baby back, the loving parents learned they would never see their young child again. Placed in a foster home to protect her from them, Alexandria was brutally killed.
The tragedy raises questions about laws equating marijuana use with neglect, particularly when the punishment involves placing a child in a potentially abusive environment, away from loving parents. Incidents of abuse are higher than average in foster homes, and children often struggle to thrive away from their parents. Thus, the removal of children from their parents' home should be executed rarely and only in times of absolute necessity.
In the case of Alexandria Hill, she was clearly much safer with her parents than in foster care. Rather than helping her, removing this little girl from a loving home on a flimsy pretext is what killed her."