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.