Some things I read or hear about cause me to want to grab foolish people, shake them, and smack some sense into them. Such is the case with the woman who drove intoxicated with her three young children in the car. Jeanna Marie Fineday, age 29, was charged with three counts of child endangerment and two counts of driving while intoxicated in Becker County District Court. The charges stemmed from an incident on October 6, 2013 when Fineday went into a ditch with her children ages 5, 2, and 10 months in the car. Her breath test indicated a blood-alcohol level of 0.157, which is almost double the legal limit.
A relative came and picked up the children at the scene. One of the children came out the car seat during the accident and struck their head before falling out of the vehicle. Medical personnel on the scene examined the children and determined that they were not badly hurt. Thank God for that. Children should not have to suffer for their mother’s stupidity and recklessness.
Fineday is now sitting in the Becker County Jail. Bail has been set and her next court appearance is October 28th. Fineday was previously convicted of a DWI (2008).
I hope the court will think long and hard about the danger Fineday put those children in. They really should be removed from her care until she can show that she is able to make smarter choices for herself and her children. I would say a couple of years of sober and upstanding behavior should be required before she is allowed to have custody of them again. She could have killed herself and her children on October 6th.
There is no excuse for a parent to put their children at risk like this. It goes beyond the issues of criminal culpability and crosses over into unconscionable behavior for a parent. And while I recognize she may be afflicted with an addiction that she cannot control, I do not believe that any leniency can be shown in this situation when it comes to protecting those children.
I cannot grab Fineday, shake her, or smack some sense into her (as much as I would like to), but the court can. The court will ensure that Fineday’s children are protected and that she won’t have another chance to endanger their lives like that. Perhaps having her children removed from her care will bring her to her senses. I hope so – for her sake and the sake of her children.
Day one thousand one hundred and two of the new forty – obla di obla da