Today, I watched as a young mother roughly “placed” her baby into the pram. When baby began to cry, she became annoyed and slapped baby’s leg. When that only made the crying worse, she (again roughly) picked baby up and pushed baby’s face into her chest, muffling the cries.

When that didn’t work, she held the back of baby’s head, and used her other hand to push baby’s jaw closed, thus rendering baby unable to make any noise, forcing ragged breaths through tiny nostrils.

I didn’t know what to do. Tell her to stop? She’d tell me to fuck off and mind my own business. Call Security? How would that help? I had no proof. What should I do?

I thought she was too young, too unsuitable to being that baby’s mother. I thought she was terrible.

I did nothing, though. What if she harms her baby more, much more, much worse? Who’s terrible now?

Now that I’ve written this, too late do I know what I should have done. I should have recorded video of her actions, I should have taken (stolen?) her driver’s license so I knew her name and address, and called the Police, Child Welfare, someone. I should have. I didn’t, and I’m sorry.

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One response to Today

  1. mizuuta says:

    If you ever see something like that again, you'll know what to do- so there's nothing to be sorry for. Also, I wouldn't try to steal anything from her, just in case it puts you in a position where people won't listen to your concerns (because they think you're a criminal!).
    I'm sorry this happened to you, it must feel awful :(

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