One idea on how to deal with a child's theft due to drugs

November 24, 2013 

I recently met up with reporter Richard Dymond, who introduced me to "PJ" who had her home broken into and her jewelry stolen.

We conversed on how it felt to be violated and having jewelry that has been given to you or a heirloom handed down to be taken. "PJ" and I agreed and listening to others, it is not the value of the pieces but the sentimental value that comes with it.

Now I am reading about homes being broken into, through the sliding glass door. If these are strangers entering into your home, I can't imagine how all of you feel.

My story is different. Mine was someone I knew. Who I hugged. Who I accepted into my home along with her 2-year old daughter. The greatest gift, more valuable than gold. I gave her my trust and respect.

That was totally violated. The pain was enduring for quite sometime.

I told Richard our laws need to be changed when crime happens within the home. The majority of parents who would turn their child in for stealing and pawning their jewelry for drugs is very, very slim.

No parent wants to have their own child arrested and have a record.

I would love to hear responses back to this inquiry, whether in letter form or back to Richard Dymond: If you know your child, age excluded, jewelry was removed and pawned, you knew it was your child, would you report your child under the current law?

If the law changed, if it deals with stolen jewelry only, reported by the parent, then parent buys jewelry back from the pawn shop, pays fee to MCSO for record keeping and your child goes to an in-house rehab for 10 days and continues therapy for once a week for one year, depending on the severity of the drug use?

Would you report your child then?

As the old saying goes, "Nip it in the bud."

Elizabeth M. Sullivan

East Manatee

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