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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Breast Feeding Driver Arrested in Dayton

One news item in one small town picked up by one blogger can spread through the Internet like flames in the Everglades on a dry day.

I think this piece could have originated with John Mesirow's blog The Juice, or it may have been on the Althouse. Whereever it may have started, it is fanning the flames of unfettered commentary as only a woman's breasts are wont to do.

We know many communities are passing laws against texting or talking while driving. Once even had a case where a cop ticketed some guy for knotting his tie while driving, complaining the motorist did not have either of his hands on the wheel. Ah, the joys of being a traffic judge. But in the small town of Kettering, Ohio, a woman has been charged with child endangerment by breast-feeding a youngster and talking on a phone while driving. No medals here for multitasking, as Mesirow noted.

Police followed up on an anonymous complaint, and using a license plate number tracked down 39-year-old Genine Compton. According to police, the woman admitted to an officer that she did do the deed because she "wouldn't let her child go hungry." Was she and the 2 year old read their Miranda rights before the confession?

Officers cited her, and said the legal concern is that Compton had a child in her lap while driving, not that she was breast-feeding in public. Police say the woman faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,800 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor. All righty, then. Another blow for justice. Glad to know our priorities are together.

Here is your news story from the glamorous Dayton Daily News:

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