First Christmas

Literally hundreds of small children are dead because their gun-worshipping parents left a loaded weapon handy, followed by the almost-invariable refusal to press charges “because the (white) parents have suffered enough.” So much wrong with this picture:

Jahari’s mother, Candice Christa Semidey, fed him and wrapped him in a blanket on Nov. 8, 2014, according to information provided by police spokesman Jonathan Perok on Monday in response to an inquiry by The Post. Then Semidey put Jahari down face first for a nap on a makeshift bed that she had fashioned from a chair cushion and a blanket, Perok said. She went to sleep, as well.

Unable to move and lying with his face toward the blanket, the baby suffocated. Semidey woke up and found she could not stir him. First-responders pronounced him dead at home, on the 16400 block of Kramer Estate Drive in Woodbridge.

Perok said Semidey, 25, did not mean to kill her child. But prosecutors concluded that the way she treated Jahari was so negligent as to be considered felony child neglect, and they charged her with felony murder — a charge for a death that occurs while a person is committing a felony, in this case the child neglect.

She was arrested Jan. 19. According to court records, she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child neglect and was sentenced to a suspended prison term of five years, which she will not serve if she completes three years of probation.

One thought on “Negligence

  1. Horrific tragedies, every one, but so-called ‘responsible’ gun owners are given a free pass . . . every time. It’s insane. In America, death by gunshot is now listed as “Natural Causes.”

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