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Bad Seeds

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Lizandra Hernandez

Age 28

Resides Bronx

Occupation Trainer

Should this girl be charged with manslaughter? No, she’s too young. Imagine how nervous she was, maybe standing there with blood on the floor, and I think the baby fell out in the toilet. I understand. I’m from a Latin culture where you’d do anything to keep from having to go to your father with “Daddy, I’m pregnant.”

Are the parents responsible in a case like this? No, but someone should investigate what kind of communication they had in that family.

What’s the worst thing you ever hid from your parents? I knew to hide anything having to do with sex. My father was open to anything else. I once told him I wanted to try mescaline and he said, “Only once, and do it in the house where I can watch out for you.”



Silissa Kenney

Age 23

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Waitress

Should this girl be charged with manslaughter? The charge is less important than the sentence. She’s not an evil person, she just felt she had no choice. When you’re young, you don’t think things through. There’s something emotionally wrong with that household.

Are the parents responsible in a case like this? Yes, they need to see a psychiatrist and a parenting expert.

What’s the worst thing you ever hid from your parents? My mom’s a detective, so she found everything out within a couple of days.



Jason Morgan

Age 28

Resides Queens

Occupation Project manager

Should this girl be charged with manslaughter? I wouldn’t charge someone based on contusions to the head that might have occurred when the baby came out. What I thought was most interesting was that compared to the recent Florida shooting by a 13-year-old, this girl’s privacy has been entirely protected. They didn’t hesitate to plaster the Florida kid’s name and photograph all over the news. Maybe there’s a double standard that includes issues of gender and race.

Are the parents responsible in a case like this? Pregnancies can be hard to hide, but you’d think a parent would notice.

What’s the worst thing you ever hid from your parents? I never did anything worth hiding from them.



Chiquita Williams

Age 22

Resides Bronx

Occupation Trainer

Should this girl be charged with manslaughter? I’m a pregnancy prevention advocate, and I know she wasn’t thinking rationally.

Are the parents responsible in a case like this? They’re responsible for not communicating with her.

What’s the worst thing you ever hid from your parents? Cutting class, but my mother found out. Later in the day, I remember looking out of the window and seeing her march up the sidewalk. She pulled me out of class and took me home.



Tommy

Age 40

Resides Staten Island

Occupation Musician

Should this girl be charged with manslaughter? This is too stiff a charge. She was probably petrified out of her mind. She’s a baby herself.

Are the parents responsible in a case like this? I can’t say where the blame should fall.

What’s the worst thing you ever hid from your parents? When I was 15, my girlfriend gave me a rubber vagina for when she wasn’t around. I would have killed myself if my mother had found it.



Byron Coles

Age 33

Resides Queens

Occupation Counselor’s aide

Should this girl be charged with manslaughter? No, she’s a baby having a baby. Why call this death manslaughter when adult women are paying for the same thing every day by having abortions?

Are the parents responsible in a case like this? Yes. This girl must have felt she had no one to talk to.

What’s the worst thing you ever hid from your parents? I was raised in a single-parent household. We hid the big hooky parties that broke out when my mother went to work, but there was generally good communication in my family.



Annika Bengtsson

Age 26

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Student

Should this girl be charged with manslaughter? No. Laws are so different in Sweden, where we don’t even have the death penalty.

Are the parents responsible in a case like this? Yes, there must be a reason she was afraid to tell them she was pregnant.

What’s the worst thing you ever hid from your parents? I was a good kid, but I didn’t tell my parents I was a regular smoker.