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Sen. Baker: Daddy Law Breaker?



During discussion of a Senate bill by Mandy Dawson that would make it a second-degree misdemeanor to leave a child unattended in a vehicle, Sen. Carey Baker revealed some eyebrow-raising parenting strategies.

He recalled recently leaving his young child in the car while he ran inside to get "a Juicy Juice," and he said his son, 4 1/2, likes to play in his truck while Baker is out back mowing the lawn.

"I'm not watching him; I'm mowing the lawn," Baker said. "Did I commit a crime?"

Replied Dawson: "If you leave the child unattended, that would be a crime."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:42pm]


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