And you thought Heather heck leaving her baby in her boyfriend’s SUV for the weekend was bad. Well, it was. But Shalla M. Vint makes Heck look like Donna Reed holding a Mary Poppins umbrella. The 35-year-old mother of NINE from Hopedale, Ohio is going to face a jury over charges that she left all of her kids home alone to go out boozing. The family had been on Department of Human Services radar for a while, as the kids – who range in age from 2 to 13 – had been forced to go door to door begging for food. Police swooped in when they heard mom was knockin’ some back at a bar in nearby Cadiz; they escorted Vint to the Jefferson County hoosegow as soon as she came home.
Where the hell was the kids’ father? Or, um, fathers? Oops, my bad – there was only one, and Harrison County Sheriff Mark Miller hopes prosecutors throw the book at him, too. Dad, who hasn’t been named, was reportedly at work when the incident occurred. Given that the kids had no beds or blankets and their mobile home was hardly furnished, it’s no surprise that they’re gunning for dad to boot. You’d think that if you had no furniture, you’d be saving back your money instead of squandering it on whiskey shots.
What does Shalla Vint have to say for herself? Simple: she’s been framed! Vint insists that she left the kids at home with a babysitter, who mysteriously vanished into the night. We’ll see how well that tale holds up in court.
I’ll never understand the logic of someone who thinks it’s easier to squeeze out more kids than it is to tell your hubby to don a Jimmy hat. I pity these poor children. I’ll bet that getting arrested is the best thing Shalla Vint’s ever done for them.
(Hat tip: Danyal)