Diatribe: Pit Bulls Are Usually Not Good Baby Sitters.
I know a twelve-year-old girl who has recently started babysitting her baby brother. Some might think that she’s too young to be left alone with a toddler but, personally, I find her to be far more mature than many folks twice her age. She follows instructions, takes pride in her work, and appreciates the opportunity to be given so much responsibility. She also takes the job very seriously.
She’s certainly more responsible than John R. Irvine, 41, of Palm Coast, Florida, who has been charged with child neglect after he allegedly left his 10-month-old son home alone with a pit bull.
Apparently, the baby’s mother was at work last Friday night and left her boyfriend, Irvine, to care for their child when he decided to go out for a drink. She told police that she called him several times throughout the evening and he told her he was “watching the game”. When she returned home, she found him urinating on himself while trying to get into their house through the garage.
He admitted to her that he had been out drinking, claimed he hadn’t really left their son alone because the “pit bull was watching the baby.” The mother reportedly found the child crying alone in a room behind a closed door with the dog sitting outside. She then called police.
Irvine claimed to have been home all Friday evening but a bartender at a local bar told officers that he had seen the man at about 9:30 p.m. that night. It was also noted that Irvine had not paid his bar tab.
Irvine was taken into custody and later released on $1,500 bail.
I have found that most Pit Bull owners will argue that the dogs do not deserve their negative reputation. In this case, the dog may have been better qualified than the baby’s father. Having learned of Mr. Irvine and his babysitting ways, I have all the more confidence in a twelve-year old’s ability to care for her younger brother.
How old do you think a child should be before they’re old enough to accept babysitting responsibilities?
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