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August 23rd, 2010
08:35 AM ET

Overwhelmed & Desperate Parents: Where to Turn

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Shaquan Duley is accused of suffocating her two toddler boys on August 15.  The sheriff of Orangeburg County, South Carolina says Duley is showing remorse and the 29-year-old mother is poor, jobless, and was overwhelmed after her mother had just yelled at her for not taking care of the children.
While Duley's charges are inexcusable, her situation highlights a problem that advocates say is only getting worse in this down economy: parents, who don't abuse their kids or drugs, are on the brink, desperate, and unaware there are options for them.
Don Lemon talked to Cyd Wessel, Senior Director of Healthy Families America, part of Prevent Child Abuse America, about what help overwhelmed parents can receive.  Call (800)CHILDREN for programs in your area.

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  1. Summer

    So the mom is off the hook because she was "overwhelmed"?

    Ridiculous. She should be held accountable.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    That women is a cold blooded murderer you can tell by looking at her that she's too fat to take care of herself much less two children she could have asked for help from the human resources or just dropped the kids off at the hospital I would suggest a five gallon can of death juice on the execution table .

    August 23, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  3. Lece, NY

    I think that if the woman was not ready to be a mother she should have usede protection. There is no excuse for her actions her mom was not to blame for the yelling her days of taking care of children are over!!! When a woman decides to lay with a man it is best to know who u are taking a risk with when u make a choice to go and have unprotected sex. A child is not asked to be brought here. They are a precious gift from God and are supposed to be treated as if God's gift is supposed to be. If she did not want to be responsible for the children once they were born, then there are options to take. Another family member, adoption, or take the fathers to court and make them responsible. No one is forced in this day to have children. I firmly believe in being responsible once u become a certain age.

    August 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  4. education is a survival skill

    No one is saying the mom shouldn't be held accountable. The woman was trying to shine a light on the enormous amount of stress parents are faced with on a daily basis. Especially if they are unemployed and uneducated. Saying the mom should have used protection is a great idea but she obviously didn't. We need to make sure that everyone, especially young people, have access to protection AND that they are educated about the risks of unprotected sex and unintended pregnancy.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  5. Greg, Ontario

    Parents today are not faced with anything our parents weren't faced with. The difference is that parents today (like this one) are spineless when it comes to facing life challenges. There is always sorces of help but you have to get off your butt and go find them. The me generation better wake up or the politically correct people are going to make things even worse. I hope god can forgive this woman and gives her a very long and healthy life.

    August 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  6. Donald J. Glidden JR.

    On the story of young adolescence blogging how about trying to encourage, let them converse during say lunch talking about what’s up during the week, honoring any confidentiality issues (if proven correct meaning it), and address everything in a positive how do you feel way. Everyone must admit if done properly/responsibly put in correct light, etc. giving them something to even just think about over say the weekend and giving then choice whether or not to participate of conversing on Monday etc. might better resolve a great many things not excluding the fact it will better prepare them for high school where as now every student is required at minimum to buy/rent their own laptop. In continuously protecting positive awareness and best possible solutions as well as channeling everything fine tuned we could avoid/ identify/ learn much (the answer/s) etc.Maybe if we interacted more socially, we would. "LOVE-n-STUFF"
    DONNIE Salem Mass.
    EST. 1626

    August 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Lori

    I think every state needs to have public service announcements targeted at parents who might be at the end of their rope mentally and financially and who are on the ragged edge of coming up with murdering their own children as a solution. I remember for a brief period a few years back in the news they were talking about how some states had a plan for infants and small children to be dropped off at hospitals, fire stations or police stations with no questions asked and no criminal charges being brought, we need to be able to let parents know there are options out there, options that you can take of advantage of that can help everyone involved both the children and the parent, the police, child protective services and mental health organizations need to get together a come up with a plan and a program quickly and implement it because in this day and age we will probably see this issue come up time and time again and when children's lives are at risk we shouldn't be sitting on our hands.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  8. scotty

    there are two problems here first of all the man that said she was to FAT
    is a sign that there is something is wrong somewhere in her life and it will not go away, secondly people must understand other people, most black women will not take public service, please understand me not all but most will not because of pride. Number show that there are more whites on welfare that blacks due to dumb pride and sometime this is the end result the death of two babies .

    August 30, 2010 at 12:14 am |