Within minutes of publishing my post about Shanesha taylor — the homeless Arizona mother who was arrested for leaving her children unattended in her car while at a job interview — last night, one of my readers gave me a tip to a similar story. Ironically, this story took place on the very same day that Shanesha Taylor was arrested, but in a different state.
As I mentioned last night, Shanesha Taylor is homeless and is the mother of two very young children. The gentleman in this case, however, has a home and from all appearances is co-parenting with the mother of his children. Unlike Shanesha Taylor, the father in this case didn’t make the conscious decision to leave his baby locked in the car.
According to the following report from Seattle’sKOMO-TV, Matt Steele just simply forgot that his baby was in the car for eight hours while at work until she was rescued by police.
King County Sheriff’s Office Transit Police officers used special equipment to unlock a car in the Thornton Place garage shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Deputies said a caller had noticed a car with an infant sitting in a car seat had been parked in the garage since 10 a.m.
After the deputies unlocked the car, the child’s mother held her close. They said the father normally drops off the baby at a daycare along with the family’s other children. The mother normally picks them up in a separate car, but today the baby wasn’t there when she arrived.
Deputies say the father simply forgot and left the baby inside the car at the garage all day.
He arrived shortly after the car was unlocked, telling KOMO his name was Matt Steele. Steele said the baby was okay, but when asked how he could forget that his own child was in the backseat he said, “I don’t have an explanation for that.”
Deputies did not arrest him, but said that there could be possible charges for child neglect. Child Protective Services may also become involved.
Steele was allowed to leave, saying he needed to pick up his other daughter.
Watch the video below:
Now I really hate to throw down a race card but I can’t resist. It might not be fair given that both cases were not in the sam,e state. However, it’s hard for me to believe that if the father of this child in Seattle was black he would have been arrested on the spot (oh, my bad, the parents of this child were both white). Unlike Shanesha Taylor — a single black woman from all appearances — police officers in this case gave this man the benefit of the doubt. And therein lies the bullshit otherwise known as the racist double standard many people of color contend with as it relates to the criminal justice system. What the father idid amounts to child neglect; but, like the cops you may not agree.