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Mother's Term in Infant Deaths

December 06, 1987

Is it really debatable whether or not Beverly Jean Ernst should spend four years in prison? Four years might be considered excessive for someone who would leave a dog in a car on a hot summer day for five hours. But we are not talking about a dog. This situation involved two innocent human beings 3 months of age.

One hot summer day Beverly drove her car to visit her boyfriend. She parked her car and left the children locked inside the car while she went inside to take a short nap, but five hours later she awoke to find out that the children she left out in her car had died from the excessive heat.

What she did was inexcusable. Whether she meant to do it or not, it was still a crime--a huge crime that led to the loss of two helpless lives. I feel that the punishment of four years in prison is the right thing to do for such a crime.

CRYSTAL KRON

Laguna Niguel

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