Is A Child's Death The Ultimate Punishment?

A father in Britain was granted mercy for admitting guilt in the accidental death of his 23-month-old son. Last August, Zaman Ullah, 29, left an air rifle unattended in his yard without the safety catch on. The gun was picked up by another child who fired it, hitting Ullah's son, Rashid, in the back of the head. The boy died a week later.

"What on earth can I do as a judge to punish you for what happened? Your punishment is your guilt at what your momentary inattention did. I cannot punish you any more," said the presiding Judge William Davis. The grieving father was ordered to pay a small fine.

Judge Davis said he hopes that the tragedy can serve as a cautionary tale. "The very fact of the reporting of this case will tell decent fathers, such as you, of the need to be on your guard at all times," he explained.

Is the guilt over being partially (if not fully) responsible for your own child's death enough punishment?

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  1. I would have to say that yes, that is the ultimate punishment. I lost my 3 year old daughter and I can tell you that no matter what he did, that's the worste punishment he could have recieved.

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  2. @Jack thanks for stopping by and I am sorry about your lost...I believe the judge was very wise in his ruling.

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  3. You cannot legislate some things. The parent was not negligent, there are literally thousands of things a child can get into and kill himself with.
    In the room I am in now, I could walk away and my child could pull a glass lamp down and cut herself, sneak a chair to the stove and scald herself on a pot, run fast and slip on something. All because I went to the bathroom or to get the door or something.
    Things happen, parents are often very busy and responsible for doing many things at once. Forgetting something, even something very important, can happen. I think the right decision was made.
    We criminalize things like this because we all want to believe there is no way we could make that mistake, it had to be intentional or criminal negligence. But thats just not the case.

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  4. Forgiveness is a wonderful attribute but what if the child shot was not the man's child? What if his son picked up the gun and shot the neighbor's child? What if you were the neighbor?

    Do you think the man would be any less sorrowful that the event happened? Would you still think that the mercy sentence was enough?

    It makes no difference who's child was killed by the gun, it was till a life being taken. It makes no difference if it was a mistake or negligence, some parent will never see graduation day, or know the joy of grandparenting. It makes not difference if the child was good or bad, Catholic, or Jewish, thin or fat, intelligent or retarded, a bastard born out of wedlock or a heir to millions it just don't make any difference in our forgiveness, unless that child was your child. then it make a whole lot of difference.

    We must be careful in our cavalier acceptance of anything the world does. We are more concern about the man's feelings, and the fact that he was a decent man then the child's life. What value do we put on this child's life?

    Oh yeah I remember "a small fine, in hopes that the tragedy can serve as a cautionary tale"

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  5. I would have to say that yes, that is the ultimate punishment. I lost my 3 year old daughter and I can tell you that no matter what he did, that's the worste punishment he could have recieved.

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