Breast-feeding driver acquitted on 1 charge, convicted on 3
RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) - A woman who belonged to an obscure religious sect was found innocent Friday of child endangerment for breast-feeding her baby while driving, but was convicted of three lesser charges.
Catherine Nicole Donkers, 29, was found guilty of violating child-restraint laws, driving without a valid driver's license and fleeing police while on the Ohio Turnpike in May.
Prosecutors recommended Donkers be sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine instead of the maximum one year in jail and $2,000.
The actual sentencing will be delayed while the judge seeks to understand the woman and her husband. Personally, although the judge said he acquitted her on the child endangerment charge because the troopers only saw the mom holding the baby, not feeding her, I disagree: just holding her in front of the steering wheel counts as endangerment to me.
The recommended sentence seems too lenient, as well. Some forms of idiocy should be stamped out wherever they're found.