February 29, 2016 |
Janet Ginzberg is a senior staff attorney at Community Legal Services Inc. A woman and her ex-husband shared custody of their 18-month-old daughter. After spending the weekend at her dad's house, the girl was returned to her mother's home with a case of diaper rash. The dad notified the mom of the rash and gave her a tube of ointment that he had been applying. The mom watched the rash for several days, applying the ointment as directed by the medication's instructions. When the rash did not go away, she took her daughter to the doctor, who found that the rash had become infected and reported the mother to the local child-welfare agency for child neglect.
May 19, 2013 |
I visited Mother Mary, but it wasn't all laughs. I had a night free on book tour in Naples, Fla., so I made the trip to Miami to take her out to dinner for Mother's Day. I arrived to pick her up, but she wasn't dressed, because she had decided she didn't want to go. "We should stay home and order Papa John," she said, frowning. "Ma, you can't have Papa John's on Mother's Day. " "Why not?" "Let me take you out. " "No. " "Please. It's my Mother's Day, too. " "Hmph.
May 13, 2013 |
I came back from book tour with something for Mother's Day. Diaper rash. Yes, you read that correctly. I'd been on a book tour that started in Philadelphia and traveled to all over the country in the same jeans. I had no way to wash them, and I have only one pair. That I can fit into. I wore the jeans on the planes, in the hotel rooms, during the signings, out to dinner with readers and booksellers - anyway, you get the idea. What happened was that I started to chafe in Buckhead, which is too ritzy an Atlanta suburb to start itching in your pants.
May 8, 2010
THERE'S not a lot left to say about mothers. Most of it's been said by people a lot more sentimental than I am. Yes, I have a mother, and I love her very much. She was always the one who fed me, clothed me and comforted me when things didn't go my way. She was an encourager, a nurturer, a teacher and a healer, too. In fact, she was so many things it's hard to count them all. But it's not what she did that made her so wonderful. It's how she did it. Mothers, you see, have their own special style.
August 21, 2009 |
It's a Philly thing, Drew Olanoff said: When faced with adversity, "we need something we can hate, something you can take hold of and beat on. " Sports fans have the Cowboys - and now, maybe Michael Vick. Disgruntled workers have their bosses. Olanoff - and now thousands of others - have his cancer. "BlameDrewsCancer" is the Web site Olanoff launched in May soon after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Connected with Twitter, the site allows people to blame Olanoff's disease for everything from the weather to the economy, bad relationships to bad pop music.
November 18, 1994
Attention, American Taxpayers! You Are Being Robbed! That's the conservative message from the Children's Defense Fund in "Wasting American's Future," a study that for the first time pins down the cost of child poverty to the nation - and the cost to eliminate it. Focusing on the most measurable effects of child poverty - such as reducing educational attainment and limiting economic productivity - CDF reached some startling conclusions....
March 30, 1988 |
For the next 60 days, Naomi Rivera - found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old child - will undergo evaluation at Norristown State Hospital as psychiatrists try to determine the state of her mental health. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina ordered the testing yesterday and postponed sentencing for Rivera, who could be jailed for 2 1/2 to 5 years. A court psychiatrist who had interviewed her said Rivera was "not psychotic and not suicidal," but clearly had problems.
March 29, 1988 |
Shaking slightly, Naomi Rivera quietly dabbed her eyes with a yellow tissue yesterday as a Common Pleas judge acquitted her of charges that she murdered her daughter through neglect but found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina postponed sentencing this morning, pending psychiatric evaluation, in the case involving Carmen Gonzalez, 2, who died July 26 of what the medical examiner's office said was blood poisoning from diaper rash. Rivera, 25, could be jailed for 2 1/2 to 5 years on the manslaughter charge.
March 29, 1988 |
After her sometimes tearful testimony, Naomi Rivera was found guilty yesterday of involuntary manslaughter but was acquitted of a murder charge in the death in July of her 2-year-old daughter. Common Pleas Court Judge John J. Poserina Jr. gave his ruling immediately after closing arguments in the nonjury trial. Earlier yesterday, Rivera, 25, took the witness stand in her defense, speaking in a barely audible tone and clutching her stomach as though in pain. She said that when her daughter, Carmen Gonzalez, died, "it was like part of me died.
March 25, 1988 |
Though 2-year-old Carmen Gonzalez was under the supervision of two social workers before her death from severe diaper rash, neither social worker ever saw the child unclothed, court testimony disclosed yesterday. Neither did either worker venture much beyond the living room to other parts of the family's two-story Hunting Park rowhouse, it was testified in the murder trial of the child's mother, Naomi Rivera. Elsewhere in the house, according to earlier police testimony, there were thousands of roaches, a stench of urine and human waste, a non-working toilet filled with human waste, a non-working refrigerator with spoiled food, silverware and dishes caked with food, and no running water.