We — and everybody else — reported on the Kaye Scholer partner who kicked her children out of her car and was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Today, Madlyn Primoff received a conditional discharge:
That means that the misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child against Park Avenue lawyer Madlyn Primoff will be dismissed in six months as long as she does not get arrested or violate the order of protection issued for her two girls.
“There is no ongoing danger to the children,” Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Audrey Stone told City Judge Eric Press during a brief appearance at 9:30 a.m.
Outside of the courthouse, Primoff apologized:
“Clearly I made a mistake,” Primoff said. “But I truly love our children and I know I am a good parent.”
As one commenter already anticipated, that apology is as close as we are likely to get to a real life “I’VE ABANDONED MY CHILD” moment.
Do you think that the (lack of) punishment fits the crime? Some additional details after the jump.
After the initial news broke, I wondered if people were being a bit too hard on Ms. Primoff. I commented:
For all we know, the mother doubled back the moment the 12-year-old showed out without her little sister. But the 10-year-old decided to go on a walkabout, and some stranger took the kid to still another location.
Apparently, Primoff didn’t leave her kids for very long:
The 45-year-old mother drove around the block to find that the girls had separated. Only the older girl was on the sidewalk.
The younger girl had been spotted by a good Samaritan who bought her ice cream and drove her to the White Plains police station, where the mother eventually picked her up.
Maybe I’m just a horrible New Yorker, but I don’t think people have looked closely enough at this so-called “good Samaritan.” Why would you take a lost 10-year-old to a freaking ice cream parlor? Maybe Primoff was irresponsible for leaving her kids a block away. But taking a kid to a place where the kid has absolutely no chance of finding her way back to the point where she got lost seems horribly irresponsible to me.
There’s a difference between looking nice (I found a lost little girl and bought her ice cream, I’m such a nice person), and actually being nice (I found a lost little girl and I spent hours trying to locate her family, after I contacted the proper authorities. It totally ruined my day.)
In any event, “discharge” seems like the right result to me. What about you?
Mom who kicked daughters out of car gets conditional discharge [LoHud.com]
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