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Mother Arrested For Biting Baby

An eye for an eye, a bite for a bite? At least, that seems to be one Tennessee mother's motto as she was arrested for biting her nine-month-old daughter after the baby bit her forehead while fussing. The 29-year-old was arrested and charged with child neglect after a relative noticed teeth marks on the child's elbow seven hours after the incident occurred and called police. The child is currently in her father's care and the mother who was released from jail is scheduled to appear in court on June 23.

After exhibiting abusive behavior, do you believe this mom deserves a second chance with her child?

CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
Until she can take anger management and parenting classes, I don't think she should be left alone with the baby. If you can't control your temper with a 9 month old, you shouldn't be around children.
mabes mabes 9 years
my mother told me that when i was little i just ran around biting people (drawing blood on most of them). So one day my mom bit me back really hard and she said i never bit anyone again.
Jesi_Oh Jesi_Oh 9 years
everyone can parent in their own way within reason but I just don't think biting that hard was reasonable. However, I get the frustration levels can get pretty high and if she's really remorseful and learns some new skills for dealing with this kind of thing she definitely deserves a 2nd chance
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
I think she deserves a second chance but she should take a parenting class on child dicipline. That was a weird thing to do, especially on a nine year old baby for goodness sake!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
That's awful. I think it's so funny that some people on here mention that a mother would bit her kid so the kid knew what it felt like. Yeah, well the kids were just biting other kids so THEY would know what it felt like...some people, sheesh.
sundrops sundrops 9 years
I agree with gab about taking anger management classes. If she left marks that's a little more than just biting back a little to show them it hurts. I've actually witnessed this situation, and it was a case of displaced anger from her now ex-husband. The mother was mandated by the court to go thru a year of anger management classes and as a result can now can displace herself from a situation instead of getting caught up in the moment. It was probably one of the best parenting steps she could've ever been made to take.
veruca_eve veruca_eve 9 years
I find it interesting that spanking, biting back etc is so "wrong" now. Not that I would do it, but thats how my parents disciplined me and it worked. But there is a line that gets crossed and some people do. But with my nephew, he was a biter and nothing worked, timeouts, spanking, taking away toys etc. So one day my sister bit him back (hard enough to hurt, but not hard enough to leave a mark 7 hours later...) and he learned from it. He never bit again. I hope she gets a second chance though.
sicily1 sicily1 9 years
I can see why you don't. Biting your child is not okay that's just wrong. If she does get a second chance I think they should keep a watchful eye on this woman and put her in some therapy classes like some of you suggested. Next thing you know she'll probably be on the 11 0'clock news.It can happen. I would have even spanked the child (which I wouldn't at 9 months!)on her hand before biting her. That's sick!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
a bite that was still there after 7 hours? she needs some kind of parenting class.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I'm not necessarily mad that she bit her child, but to bite hard enough to leave marks for 7 hours is an issue. I have a friend whose 2 year old daughter kept picking their little dog up by the neck. So, she picked her daughter up by the neck for a second. I realize that some people think that's abusive, but she doesn't do it to the dog anymore and I'd probably deal with it the same way if I needed to. I see the biting thing as a bit like that, although I don't know if the child can really make the connection at 9 months. Some kids seem to respond well to timeouts, etc. and some kids respond to getting a dose of their own medicine. I don't have kids, but in dealing with neices and nephews they all seem to respond to different tactics in punishment.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
yes, she does. not that i would do that. hope she has learned her lesson.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
biting back doesn't teach the child anything, it only makes biting then a game to them. I do think she deserves a second chance but I agree with gab that she needs some parenting classes and possibly some therapy for whatever issues she has deep inside that she's repressing. Also frequent visits from a court appointed monitor to check up on the Mother would be good.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I think she deserves a second chance, however she also needs some anger management class or parenting class to teach her how to better handle her patience. My daughter is 18 months so I know all about babies/toddlers acting up but she should not have bitten her.
keiren63 keiren63 9 years
I've actually known a couple of mothers who told me that they bit their children when the children bit someone "so they'll know what it feels like"!
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