Latchkey kid at age 5: F’ville woman arrested on cruelty charges

Thirty-year-old Fayetteville resident Adrienne Reshay Bunkley was arrested July 19 on charges of cruelty to children after a neighbor found her 5-year-old daughter on the driveway of Bunkley’s Cornwallis Way residence. Bunkley was at work at the time.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw said Bunkley was charged with second-degree cruelty to children.

A neighbor at approximately noon noticed the 5-year-old girl in the driveway of her home, Crawshaw said. The neighbor approached the child, asking where her mother or father might be, Crawshaw said, adding that the little girl responded that she did not know. The neighbor took the girl to the home but no one appeared to be inside, said Crawshaw.

Officers responded to the residence after the neighbor called 911. Crawshaw said the girl answered the door when officers knocked and subsequently told them that her mother was not at home. A search of the premises revealed that no one was in the house, Crawshaw said.

The little girl was in possession of a phone number though no phone could be found in the house, said Crawshaw.

Crawshaw said 911 dispatchers were eventually able to locate the mother and two relatives. The relatives both said it would take at least an hour for them to arrive at the Fayetteville residence. Meantime, the mother was located at her place of work in Covington, having reportedly left home at approximately 10 a.m.

State Dept. of Family and Childrens Services staff took custody of the child and Bunkley was arrested when she arrived at her home, said Crawshaw.

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Not Responsibility of Relatives!

Why should relatives have to bear responsibility for latchkey kids? A good and true libertarian would never espouse that anyone be responsible for anyone else, regardless of similarities in DNA! To legally require parents or relatives to care for their children is nothing more than state coercion! On this subject, I defer to Murray Rothbard, the darling of mises.org, who said it best when he said:

'Applying our theory to parents and children, this means that a parent does not have the right to aggress against his children, but also that the parent should not have a legal obligation to feed, clothe, or educate his children, since such obligations would entail positive acts coerced upon the parent and depriving the parent of his rights. The parent therefore may not murder or mutilate his child, and the law properly outlaws a parent from doing so. But the parent should have the legal right not to feed the child, i.e., to allow it to die.'

This good and true libertarian mother was only exercising her god-given rights! Stop state intrusion into our lives now!

Oh yeah, under Rothbardian libertarianism, parents can also sell their babies on the open market!

PTCO, you should bond your sister in libertarianism out of jail and go on the road to spread the good news about the right of all parents to starve their children! Make Murray, Luddy, and Lew proud!

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How much can you get for a healthy 19 year old?

LOL

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Ninja - There

there you go again putting words in my mouth pal.

"To legally require parents or relatives to care for their children..."

The state has a obligation to protect life. Oh yes, liberty and property too.

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PTCO: According to Old Murray

kids are more like property than people! You should read up on your mises.org buddies more!

Old Murray aside, if parents are unwilling to go along with state coercion to feed, house, and cloth their children, then it is the obligation of the state to do so? Really? The state is obligated to care for children abandoned by their parents? The state raising kids? Sounds very Marxist there buddy! Also, how you gonna pay for that state obligation? Taxes? Oh my gosh! Welfare it sounds like you are proposing! Perhaps food stamps? You are right on the the Hayekian road to serfdom there pal! If the state is obligated to raise latchkey kids, what other area are you proposing the state takeover? Healthcare too?

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Ninja - Why don't

you go talk to ol'Murray about it?

You're beginning to sound a lot like Bonkers there Ninja.

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PTCO, Old Murray

is dead so I can only joust with the likes of you! You like to spout mises.org nonsense until it comes down to the nitty gritty, then you cut and run and embrace socialism! I just like pointing that out while waiting for the first pitch of the Braves game!

This piece below is straight from Murray Rothbard, former dean of the Austrian School!

"In a libertarian society the existence of a free baby market will bring such 'neglect' down to a minimum…"

Maybe that mom was just exercising her god-given libertarian right to sell her kid over the Internet!

How you like THEM Austrian Economics?

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Ninja - I am

re-writing Murray's ideas that's all, unlike your socialist dogma, classic liberal thought is not dogmatic if it were then we wouldn’t have a Constitution that is amendable.

I know that ole'Murray is dead; this is why you and Murray should discuss it together in person.

In the meantime, if you want to joust, I would suggest a dialog with Roundabout.

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PTCO, You Have Again Demonstrated

that you do not have a good grasp of your own philosophy! According to you and Lew, Luddy, and Murray, property rights are the foundation of all other rights, including human rights (ie, we own ourselves). Now, what just what does the word 'right' mean. Well, let's see what ol' Murray had to say.

'The very concept of “rights” is a “negative” one, demarcating the areas of a person’s action that no man may properly interfere with. No man can therefore have a “right” to compel someone to do a positive act, for in that case the compulsion violates the right of person or property of the individual being coerced. Thus, we may say that a man has a right to his property (i.e., a right not to have his property invaded), but we cannot say that anyone has a “right” to a “living wage,” for that would mean that someone would be coerced into providing him with such a wage, and that would violate the property rights of the people being coerced. As a corollary this means that, in the free society, no man may be saddled with the legal obligation to do anything for another, since that would invade the former’s rights; the only legal obligation one man has to another is to respect the other man’s rights.'

Is it dogmatic to say that this is is the core belief of libertarianism? I think not. Rather, is is the basic principle of libertarianism! If you are not willing accept this basic premise of human freedom, then, well, we are all socialists now! Once you open the door to the state enforcing positive rights, then its the Road to Serfdom baby!

'Libertarianism is the great fiction by which intellectually dishonest people blame the government for all their shortcomings.'

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OK Ninja

The quote is correct, Murray was speaking of the popular use of the word "right". The right to an education, the right to healthcare, the right to affordable housing, etc. The key to the quote is the last sentence Ninja. I think you need to re-read it.

Our rights are defined, given to us by God, they are unchanging, and they are there with or without government. They are and will aways be superior to government(s).

If you have some argument in favor of your defense of government control of our lives, let's hear it.

Otherwise, you need to go start a dialog with Roundabout. His twisted logic is more in tune with your thought processes.

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PTCO, You Are the One Arguing

for government control of our lives here, not me! You want to force parents to feed their kids, and if they don't, you want the government to step in do it at taxpayer expense! After food, what else is necessary for life? Clothing, shelter, medicine, education, TVs, computers. Where do you draw the line? You are heading right down that Road to Serfdom! Stop before its too late! All that bikini-girl jello wrestling next to the for-profit plutonium dump is addling your brain!

So, what are these rights given to us by God?

Go Braves--Down with the Reds! They are communists!

Libertarianism is the great fiction by which those to which much have been given use the government to keep it while blaming God for not giving more to those in need!

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Ninja - Forgot

"So, what are these rights given to us by God?"

I forgot to answer this question, since you don't seem to understand much about what I write here, let's try video. After all we don't seem to be communicating too well.

Watch this, now don't get inpatient, stick with it, get all the way to the end Ninja. You can do that can't you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvRcP4go-eg

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PTCO, I Was Watching

that quite excellent video about mis-communication but in the middle of it I got more interested in the back of a cereal box. Do you know how much niacin is in one serving of Lucky Charms!

Braves Win on Uggla Homer! Communists defeated!

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Ninja - You

definitely needed to start a dialog with roundabout. LOL

Actually, your kinda cute little man, oh sorry that's the little guy on the box.

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PTCO, At Least Roundy

at least tries to answer questions. Please name one right that God has given us. Are you talking about the right to life? If so, your pals the libertarians, Austrian schoolers, and Randians have all destroyed that notion!

Braves Take On The Bolsheviks Again Tonight! Warren Beatty Rumored To Attend!

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Ninja

That's right Ninja, you're getting better. Yes, life is God given.

My "pals" as you call them are wrong about this. So, there you go...anything else?

Now, while your having fun "poking holes" in the libertarian philosophy why don't you tell us more about how you think "everything is just about right" with governmental power. I think those were your exact words.

If things are just about right, I hope you are well armed, have plenty of food supply, and someplace to hide your family when the "entitled" come invading your home for their "fair share".

But then, I suppose you will simply fold and let them take it all, and I mean all Ninja.

Now go put your head in the pitcher's mound. If you catch my drift.

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The "entitled" won't come if not hungry!

France and England and others made that mistake!

They will eventually come if hungry.

The slaves were fed but mistreated. So, they came. Still here.

Read your Bible.

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Ninja - I would

stop with you, definitely with you.

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Ninja,

Although I am not an avowed libertarian, I think that taking the extreme thoughts of a small portion of a philosophy is akin to ascribing the support of a small safety net such as unemployment payments as full blown marxism. Rothbardian libertarianism sounds much closer to Objectivism adherents than any other.

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Well, Wedgie

you are very astute and correct in your assessment! Hopefully PTCO can be equally astute, unless he has too much jello clogging his brain from wrestling the bikini girls last night at the unlicensed moonshine and dog fighting palace!

But, Rothbard is pretty much worshiped by the mises.org crowd down at Auburn. To them, he is not some fringe dweller!

Go Braves!

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Ninja, Wedge, & Child abandonment

C'mon guys, no mother in her right mind would leave a 5 yr old alone for an extended pd of time for ANY reason---just doesn't pass the common sense test-and surely defies the tenents of motherhood! I see no mention of a father--is this another single mom?

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AHG,

I was not even talking about the mother, Gym. I am merely talking about libertarianism. The mother's actions are criminal and very suspect and she knowingly and wittingly put her child in harm's way. Neverless, Life is about making calculated decisions and weighing risks. Every parent has gone to the bathroom in their home whilst their 2 year old was sitting on the couch or otherwise engaged. Many fathers quit giving their daughters baths after around age 4, it is a risk though leaving a 4 or 5 year old to take a bath. Legally a 13 year old can babysit their 10 year old sibling in the state of Georgia. Of course it is a calculated risk. That's all

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AHG, I Didn't Say That

she was in her right mind. I said she was within her god-given libertarian rights to leave the kid at home, or on the side of the highway, or even to sell her on the open market! Does the government have the right to force you to give food, clothing, and shelter to another person? Why does DNA matter? Socialists abound!

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Ninja & your departure from reality

so just when did you decide to leave the human race and become a values system of your own design? You have my sympathy (but not much).

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Gym, You Are A Great Solider

but lousy at reading between the lines! Had to read too many manuals I guess! The Wedge gets it. He can steer you through my discourse here with PTCO and other libertarianism lovers! But, this is not my values system--it is that of Murray Rothbard, former 'Dean' of the Austrian School of Economics, the bedrock of the Tea Party and other such groups!

Yes, I am mad that the Braves dropped two in a row to the Rockies. They should have won last night at least!

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Ninja & Reading between the lines

I have no reason to believe you know anything about soldiering but I happen to know Wedge personally and generally support his postings--and it has nothing to to with Libertaranism,either on his part or mine. Incidentally, Wedge DOES know something about soldiering.

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AHG, You Are Correct

in that I know nothing of soldiering. I am 4-F in too many ways for Uncle Sam to allow me to carry a gun! But, I know good soldiers from their blog posts, and you sir are a good and true American vet deserving of your socialist pension! I would salute you anytime if I knew how!

Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.
George S. Patton

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AHG - Pay

no attention to Ninja the man behind the current, his value system is one that you would never defend, unless you happen to be a former member of the SS.

Freedom seems to be foreign to Ninja's philosophy and he is not man enough to defend it.

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Gym

He is merely trying to show the fallacy of libertarianism as he sees it. Pulling a limbaugh of being absurd to highlight the absurd. That and the braves have lost two in a row to the Rockies

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Wedge - And

what do you find "absurd" about classical liberalism?

I believe this is what you swore to defend, the Constitution is the outgrowth of this philosophy.

The only person on this board to label me a "libertarian" is Ninja.

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So, PTCO How Would

you describe your philosophy if not libertarian, Austrian, or Randian?

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.
Frederic Bastiat

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Ninja - Philosophy

Well I suppose you could describe it as "antininja".

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.

Frederic Bastiat

That's correct Ninja, you getting ready to do this?

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PTCO

Perhaps I am not making myself clear, I do not have any problem with libertarianism in a classical sense. I was merely trying to tell Gym how Ninja was trying to play the blog postings and his motivations behind it. nothing more, nothing less

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Wedge - Thanks

I understand....now.

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Support systems

Sometimes we take the support systems that we rely on for granted. (family, church,neighbors, etc.). There are those who have no such help. She had a job and was living in a county where her child would get a good education. Very sad story. I hope our social services organizations here in FC can give her guidance.

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Third Case In Metro Area

This is the third case in the metro area in about three weeks time. I have to wonder how many more little ones are left alone.

Dangerous and heartbreaking, to say the least!

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Ginga--PTCO

Unless this was an accident (memory loss) I think there is no excuse for leaving any kid, under an intelligent teenager, alone very long.

We do have, unfortunately, many heads of households who simply aren't very smart, or actually just take a chance.

I suppose if she really had a job at least that was something, but inexcusable.

Of course, if she was on welfare we would have said get a job!

Some answers are hard without all of the facts.

Also, leaving High Schoolers in a house doing a drinking party while the adults have flown off is inexcusable just as badly---we have that here.

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Sad story

This is really a sad story, one wonders what kind of financial situtation this mother was in to leave her small daughter at home alone to go to WORK.

Poor judgment on her part but one wonders where her family was and why they didn't take an interest in her situtation.

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