Women arrested for being on the phone while breast-feeding – and she was driving too!

March 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Police in Ohio arrested a woman who took multi-tasking just a little too far for everyone’s good. The women was spotted and reported by another motorist as she drove along merrily breast-feeding her child while talking on a cell phone.

Police in the Dayton suburb of Kettering used her license plate number to track down 39-year-old Genine Compton.

Genine told officers she was breast-feeding not wanting to let her child go hungry (no explanation why she needed to talk on the phone at the same time).

Police charged Genine with child endangerment because she had an under 2 years old child in her lap while driving instead of a child seat, not that she was breast-feeding in public.

Police say the woman faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,800 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor.


4 Responses to “Women arrested for being on the phone while breast-feeding – and she was driving too!”

  1. Lisa Trainor on March 3rd, 2009 12:10 am

    The audacity! The utter irresponsbility! The foolishness of driving while breastfeeding your baby! And talking on the cell phone, too? Well, good thing there’s still a few law-abiding citizens that take it upon themselves to notice others who are breaking the law and report them on the spot!

    I can just imagine that’s what the majority of you are saying.

    Guess what, I completely disagree. I know, call me an idiot. I don’t think the woman was stupid for trying to “multitask” while driving, I think any law that penalizes citizens for merely the displaying potential to cause harm is a stupid, unnecessary law. So put that in your pipe and smoke it…

    By forcing citizens to adhere to an increasingly complex and strict set of laws, you tend to stifle personal responsibility and in its stead, you produce a mindless bunch of non-thinkers who will never question authority, but simply obey, as good little citizens should, the ridiculous, unconstitutional laws that we now have. People don’t have to think, they only have to follow the law! Oh, and if you decide to go ahead and think for yourself, as this woman did? You risk being arrested for child-endangerment, which should serve as proof to all of us that, well, you weren’t thinking!

    Never having to think about their actions eventually will lead to a complete loss of personal responsibility, as they will never need it. You will no longer have to think about how fast to go around that curve, because the speed limit says what you must do. You no longer have to think about how much and how fast you consume alcohol, because you are allowed so much by law and that’s that. You no longer have to pay attention to your driving because as long as you follow the law, you’ll be allright. I shudder to think of what kind of a society this will ultimately produce.

  2. Terry Murray on March 3rd, 2009 9:22 am

    Dear Lisa – I have decided to take your advice. You are an idiot.
    The “increasingly complex and strict set of laws” you object to are a direct result of too many cretins NOT thinking. The woman at issue here is a prime example of exactly that.
    When operating a motor vehicle the driver’s prime responsibility is to do so in such a fashion as not to endanger themself, their passenger(s) – and anyone else who is on that road with them. A car is capable of inflicting a grotesque penalty for a single moment of inattention. She was not just putting herself and her child at risk. She was endangering anyone who had the misfortune of being in her vicinity at the time.
    She was not thinking for herself – she is just not thinking. Those laws have unfortunately become necessary because without them she would blithely continue on her merry way until she managed to kill someone.
    When (not if – when) she finally did so her excuse would be “Well no one told me I shouldn’t do that. It’s not my fault!”

  3. El Diablo on March 3rd, 2009 9:32 pm

    Multi-task / Schmulti-task. Here’s what I would like to know. Why is it that “Hot Moms” never engage in this type of behavior? Why is it that attractive women can always find a restroom to breastfeed in? Or they can find the time necessary to fill a bottle or two before they leave the house? How come the only “women” out there who force the rest of society to witness their “natural act” weigh 300+ pounds and look like they should be leading a NOW protest somewhere? Are attractive women smarter? Are they more efficient? Or do fugly women simply lose their sense of shame once they become fugly?

  4. Mom on March 5th, 2009 5:39 pm

    I am not fugly or obese and I breastfeed anywhere my child needs to nurse. Now I would never do it while driving, that’s a little crazy but I would never think that my child should eat where someone else sh*ts El Diablo. I also don’t put my breastmilk in bottles, why should I? I nurse when my child is hungry, but I would pull over while driving. I have leaned over a carseat to nurse as a passenger though.

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