If you’ve missed any of the recent re-airings of Dateline on ID, there’s a good chance you’ve not heard of Brenda Simpson and her two decades long search for who killed her little boy, Alan. While her story will absolutely break your heart, it’s what Alan Brown’s stepfather and Brenda’s husband said during the interview that brought tears to my eyes. He said, when asked about those days when he first met and began a relationship with Brenda and realized he was falling in love with her, “So, when I fell in love with her, I fell in love with him. This was my son as much as it was hers. I mean, I raised him; I helped to mold him into the little man that we hoped he was going to become”. That’s exactly the story my dad would tell you today about those early days after meeting my mom. She was going through a divorce and I wasn’t even a year old. To hear Mom tell of it, Daddy loved me almost from the beginning. She said wherever she went, I came along – and Daddy never complained or minded. In fact, they had gone to the drive-inn movie, in Daddy’s brand new Camaro, and promptly carried me to the snack counter where he bought ice cream, popcorn and no telling what else. Of course, it was just a matter of time before Mom’s warning to him would come full circle. I got sick in the backseat of the car. Daddy never said a word about the mess. They married soon after and before my sister was born, it was Mom, me and my “Daddy-O”. These are the kinds of stories every kid should have about their childhoods. They should include parents and other adults in their lives who want the absolute best for their children;
they should be the ones who provide safety in an unsafe world. Sadly, Alan Brown was taken away from his mother and step-father, who loved him very much and wanted nothing more than to see him grow into the man he should’ve become.
Instead of parents who put their children first and work each day to ensure they’re safe and healthy, we are inundated with stories about mothers who are putting their children’s lives at stake. It’s disgusting and too often, the options these kids are left with are limited. Want to ruin your life? Have at it. Knock yourself out. At least do one unselfish act before you embark on your self-destructive path – don’t have kids and if you do, give them the courtesy of a life that stands a snowball’s chance in hell. Here are a few stories in the news today:
In Saucier, Mississippi, Charlotte Ann Ladner’s home was raided after complaints from neighbors. In the home, law enforcement found meth precursors and equipment necessary to make the illegal and highly addictive drug. Harrison County police also found three children – a six year old and a ten year old, as well as a nine month old baby, who is Ladner’s granddaughter. She’s facing several charges, including child endangerment. When the district attorney attempts to plead this out with her counsel, I sincerely hope the endangerment charges will be enough to keep her in jail for many years.
Another woman in Merced, California was arrested after bringing her ten month old baby to the emergency room with complaints that she couldn’t get her baby to sleep. Turns out, this baby’s blood tested positive for methamphetamines. Police conducted a search on the woman’s home, where two more little ones were found, along with their father, who was arrested for suspicion of child abuse and being under the influence of narcotics. The mother was arrested at the hospital and all three children were placed in Merced County Child Protective Services.
A mother and son were arrested in Terre Haute, Indiana when Indiana State Police paid a surprise follow up visit due to a previous drug investigation. Sara Lankford, who’s 40 and her son, Guy Lankford, III, 20, were arrested and a thirteen-year old girl
was taken out of her mother’s custody. She’s with her father now. The pair is facing numerous charges.
These horror stories make you want to pay a visit to your own mom and give her a hug, don’t they? To read the transcript of the Alan Brown story and for an idea of what truly defines a mother, click here.