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Originally posted by Printer_Ink Printer_Ink wrote:

Originally posted by iliveforbhm iliveforbhm wrote:

This is why I don't support single parent. Where the father(s) of the two babies? Everyone wants to have children before they are able to take of themselves.



Correct.

I don't support single parenthood either. It's different if one of the parents happens to die because at least the INTENT was there but the business of getting knocked up so that you have this pitiful 'babydaddy' type situation today cheats the child out of a normal heathly family unit.

This would be a stable environment where the parents have a healthy relationship and the maturity and resources to raise a child. This way the child can model this behavior and raise their own family the same way.

Those 2 babies ... never had a chance. :(


Once again what do you expect her to do if they had a long relationship and the guy ups and runs off and she has 2 babies to take care of. For the 2nd bolded no one predicts this situation. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote sexyandfamous Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 4:10pm
At the same time that I feel bad for her, I want her to be charged due to the pain inflicted upon those kids.
Can you imagine being a 20 month old sitting in a car, crying, hungry, feeling hot and your head is hurting you more and more because your brain is swelling?? Both kids felt A LOT of pain.

I think 25 years in prison is a bit too much... she should be given 5 and then CPS should be on her as$ next time she has a child.
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I found a article from last year that offers a little insight about the father and family . No updates ?

Letters support murder suspect
By James Peacemaker, Jr. Managing Editor
Aug 12, 2013, 14:30

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A 22-year-old Prince George woman charged in the deaths of her two young children could soon be free on bond after family, friends and members of her church rallied to support her.

Henrico Circuit Court Judge Gary Hicks approved bond Aug. 5 after the defense presented more than 80 letters praising Brittney Rochelle Downing as being polite, church-going and always willing to help others. Many letters say it was just a horrible mistake made by a woman who was desperate to keep her new job so that she could care for her two young kids.

But prosecutors say she left the two children in a hot car for seven hours May 26 when she went to work at a hotel in Henrico, only checking on them once, and she didn’t notice they needed medical help until after she had driven all the way back home. Twenty-month-old Jelani A. Downing-Batson was pronounced dead that same day and 2-month-old Jade Downing died four days later in the hospital.

In court Aug. 5, the defense also presented a list of other heat-related death cases in Virginia and showed that all of them were granted bond.

The judge set bond at $65,000 on each charge, for a total of $130,000.

Downing, of the 4600 block of Baileys Ridge Drive, just outside of Hopewell, was previously denied bond several times. She was also out on bond for an unrelated charge when the incident occurred.

If released, Downing would have GPS monitoring and be in the care of her parents, who are both pastors at a church in Hopewell.

Stephen and Pamela J. Downing, who live in southern Chesterfield, are pastors at Victorious Christian Living Ministries in Hopewell. The church is located in off Oaklawn Boulevard, not far from where Brittney Downing lived.

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Court records show some details of how Downing’s promising life went awry.

Downing was born in New Haven, Conn., but her parents moved to Virginia shortly thereafter in 1990. She spent most of her life in Virginia.

They were very active in Bethesda Baptist Church, just north of Colonial Heights, and many letters from parishioners recall Brittney as being polite, sweet and never violent.

When Stephen and Pamela Downing started their church in Hopewell in 2002, Brittney became its first Sunday school teacher. Letters to the judge tell how Brittney was very active in that church as well.

Brittney was an honor roll student at Thomas Dale High School in Chester and was accepted to Norfolk State University with an engineering scholarship. She attended for two years but eventually left to raise her first child, her attorney said.

In testimony June 5, her father, Stephen Downing, said she took some classes at John Tyler Community College and even tried to join the Air Force but didn’t make it through boot camp due to scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.

Stephen Downing said Brittney moved out of her parent’s home about a year and a half ago.

He said she worked at various jobs, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Vangent and Amazon. But he said she had been unemployed since August 2012, shortly after becoming pregnant with her second child.

Stephen Downing said he and his wife provided support for their daughter but the father of Brittney’s kids offered little help.

When asked if the extended family cared for Brittney, he said “Oh yes, no doubt. Everyone loves her.”

But she also has faced criminal charges before.

Downing was charged in Colonial Heights with obtaining money by false pretenses, a felony usually associated with writing bad checks. The offense allegedly took place on Aug. 31, 2012, and she was arrested April 11, 2013, according to online court records. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 14.

She was also charged with petit larceny in Chesterfield in relation to an incident that occurred April 30, according to online court records. She also faced several traffic-related charges.

On July 17, she pleaded no contest in Henrico District Court to driving with a suspended license. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail but 29 days were suspended.

She also had been charged with failure to appear in court in Prince George, but defense attorneys say it was related to charges of failure to pay child support that she had filed. She missed the court date because she got the dates mixed up.

In court June 5, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon L. Taylor explained how the two children died.

Taylor said Brittney Downing had just started a new job at Comfort Suites in Glen Allen. On Sunday, May 26, Downing worked the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift. Prosecutors say she left the two children strapped in their seats in the car while she was working. They said that although the car was initially parked in the shade, as the day progressed, the car was in the sun the majority of the day. Prosecutors say the windows were cracked but Downing only checked on the children once during the day, around 1 or 1:30 p.m.

The temperature reached a high of 76 degrees in Richmond that day, according to weather records.

Around 6 p.m. after Downing returned home, Prince George Police responded to her apartment in the 4600 block of Bailey Ridge Lane after a 911 call for an unresponsive child.

Emergency crews tried to revive 20-month-old Jelani A. Downing-Batson but were unsuccessful.

Two-month-old girl Jade Downing was rushed to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond. She was in critical condition and died four days later around 12:30 p.m. May 30.

Brittney Downing was initially charged with two counts of felony child neglect on May 28. The charges were later changed to murder when she was indicted July 8.



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Originally posted by iliveforbhm iliveforbhm wrote:

This is why I don't support single parent. Where the father(s) of the two babies? Everyone wants to have children before they are able to take of themselves.

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Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:







Brittney was an honor roll student at Thomas Dale High School in Chester and was accepted to Norfolk State University with an engineering scholarship. She attended for two years but eventually left to raise her first child, her attorney said.

In testimony June 5, her father, Stephen Downing, said she took some classes at John Tyler Community College and even tried to join the Air Force but didn’t make it through boot camp due to scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.

Stephen Downing said Brittney moved out of her parent’s home about a year and a half ago.

He said she worked at various jobs, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Vangent and Amazon. But he said she had been unemployed since August 2012, shortly after becoming pregnant with her second child.



Downing was charged in Colonial Heights with obtaining money by false pretenses, a felony usually associated with writing bad checks. The offense allegedly took place on Aug. 31, 2012, and she was arrested April 11, 2013, according to online court records. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 14.

She was also charged with petit larceny in Chesterfield in relation to an incident that occurred April 30, according to online court records. She also faced several traffic-related charges.

On July 17, she pleaded no contest in Henrico District Court to driving with a suspended license. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail but 29 days were suspended.





A bunch of bad decisions, irresponsible choices, and criminal behavior. Not surprised.

She had no business having one child, let alone two.

I hope she gets the full punishment.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote ModelessDiva Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 4:43pm

 
i do feel kind of bad for her but there's really no excuse
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writing bad checks? driving with a suspended license?

nah i take that feeling bad for her part backStern Smile


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote melikey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 15 2014 at 5:24pm
I'm not sure how people are trying to link her irresponsible behavior to her marital status. In The majority of marriages to this day the mother is the primary caregiver of children. Unless people are saying that with a husband she could afford child care I don't get it.

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I was just reading how they have found a link between the length of time a mother has off work and postpartum depression.
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Originally posted by melikey melikey wrote:

I'm not sure how people are trying to link her irresponsible behavior to her marital status. In The majority of marriages to this day the mother is the primary caregiver of children. Unless people are saying that with a husband she could afford child care I don't get it.

Some people mentioned they don't promote single mothers. I'm saying shes already a mother and its not like she chose to be single. Even if she were married it could've happened that she would still be taking care of the kids herself if the hubby is no good. 
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