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  •  I see what you're saying (8+ / 0-)

    And the Internet would be empty if it weren't for Monday morning quarterbacking.

    Still, I would file this under "all's well that end's well." I'm not saying I would have handled this the same way as the family did. I do know that by making a criminal case they were able to ensure that she is much less likely to harm another child. But yes, it was a bit of a risky strategy.

    "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

    by Lost Left Coaster on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 03:51:10 PM PDT

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    •  And (3+ / 0-)
      But yes, it was a bit of a risky strategy.
      That was my point.

      I'm certainly not calling for them to be charged with child endangerment or have mandatory parenting classes, or even have them reprimanded.

      But I thought that in the midst of the feel-good Good Dog story, the "huh, maybe this was a bad idea" concept was lost was never even considered.

      © grover

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      by grover on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 03:59:15 PM PDT

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      •  Let it go (1+ / 0-)
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        Your instincts are good; better than many of us. So, something like this will never happen to you.  

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        by voicemail on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:24:36 PM PDT

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      •  Here's the thing (1+ / 0-)
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        First of all, people under stress do things maybe YOU wouldn't do. You're not in the situaton, so you don't know for sure what you would have done.

        Second, they weren't exactly sure that the dog was signalling abuse, so they had to prove it. You also didn't see the condition of their child - if he was bruised or acting traumatized then they might have had more certain proof of the meaning of the dog's behavior.

        I wonder why you had to continue to stalk the thread with your opinion.

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        by betson08 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 08:35:40 AM PDT

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        •  Because he does not want to admit he is wrong (0+ / 0-)

          So he is trying to beat into people that his viewpoint is right and everyone else's is wrong.

          You and the other commentators are right: in a case where there was no evidence of physical abuse, the child services people and the police would have laughed the parents off and told them "Come back when you have some physical evidence!"

          That physical evidence could only be gotten (recordings are evidence) by a sting operation like this one.

      •  I thought it was weird too. (0+ / 0-)

        It seems the baby endured an entire additional day of being slapped needlessly.
        But of course it is easy to say in hindsight that someone should have done something differently.  I would just hope to learn from this and similar tales -- trust your instincts and act immediately.
        In fact I think I would install a camera and/or microphone from day one.

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