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    Dad Charged For Not Using Enough Sunblock On 12-Year-Old
    Boy Severely Burned

    POSTED: 1:17 pm EDT May 26, 2004
    UPDATED: 2:05 pm EDT May 26, 2004

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. -- A man has been charged with child abuse for not applying enough sunblock to his 12-year-old son before a day at the beach.

    The boy was severely burned as a result, authorities said.

    Walter McKelvie Jr., 43, of Vineland, was indicted Tuesday and charged with one count of child abuse and neglect in the July 20 incident, in which he took his mentally disabled son to the beach in Wildwood.

    The son, identified only as R.M., suffered large, bleeding blisters on his back and face. Authorities were alerted by the boy's mother, who has custody of him but was not with him at the beach, according to Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor Meghan Hoerner.

    She took the boy to the hospital and then reported the incident to authorities.

    McKelvie told investigators he put sunblock on the boy, but the indictment said he failed "to apply enough sunscreen causing severe sunburn to R.M." while he had custody of him.

    If convicted, McKelvie could face up to 18 months in prison.

    http://www.local6.com/news/3349031/detail.html
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    Guess my mum and dad would be hardened criminals by now. I went to the pool on day and got the same thing. Lesson learned by me.... use sun block.
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    Can you get convicted for not using enough sun block on yourself? The charge? Suicide
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    Baz Luhrman - Sunscreen Speech

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of Ď99...Wear sunscreen

    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
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    As someone who has had such a burn, it is painful. 2nd degree means blisters. Usually can also mean heat stroke and sun stroke. I've had it this bad once while biking through PEI. I forgot to re-apply sunscreen.

    Parents should be responsible for this kind of stuff. Had it been any hotter on that day, his son might be more worse for wear.
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    While i do agree that parents should be responsible for making sure that their children are protected I find it over the top to charge someone with child abuse for not applying enough sunblock. It sounds more like the mother of the child is just using it as way to stop him from seeing his child, as if he gets convicted of child abuse he may loose all visiting rights.
    It is one stupid reason to get a criminal record marked child abuser. I wonder what effect that will have on his private and proffessional life.
    Of course if ths happened almost anywhere than the states it would not have even made it to a trail.
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    Actually, if it happened in Canada, I believe that Doctors are required to report it. While the ultimate reason is perhaps an issue relating to the divorce, this shouldn't be thought of as a joke. This is a serious issue. Parents are supposed to be responsible for their kids. If he had left the kid in the car and the kid was suffering heat stroke, you'd probably view it differently. Reality is that severe sunburn is painful and can have some serious long term effects (skin cancer isn't fun).
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    I also broke my arm riding my bicycle, twice. My mother should have been sentenced to 2 years in prison.
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    Originally posted here by RoadClosed
    I also broke my arm riding my bicycle, twice. My mother should have been sentenced to 2 years in prison.
    in which he took his mentally disabled son to the beach in Wildwood.
    There is a difference though RoadClosed. The kid was mentally disabled. The article does not say how far, but he might not of been able to comprehend what was happening.
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    If the father did not care about his son, I doubt that he would have taken his son to the beach in the first place. In my view he made an understandable mistake and the guilt he feels is probably sufficient punishment. However, if the state needs to fine the father to make a point to the father, I can understand that. Unless this is a repeat offense, I feel that neither jail time nor the money, time, and effort that would be spent on a trial would be warranted.
    The mentally handicaped are persecuted in this great country, and I say rightfully so! These people are NUTS!!!!

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