June 24, 2008
Erin Howard - DUI Mom Granted Furlough To Attend Dead Son’s Funeral, Skips Jail And Heads For Nearest Bar
Erie, Pennsylvania (The Weekly Vice) -- We haven't had a 'Bad Mommy' of the week for the past few weeks. I was feeling guilty at first until Erin Howard saved the day. Her distinct ability to turn tragedy into sheer hopeless stupidity makes up for at least three. See if you agree.
Erin Howard, a 26 year old Corry Pennsylvania woman who was recently charged with manslaughter in the drunken driving death of her son, ignores judge's instructions and heads for the bar.
According to police, Howard became intoxicated on June 14th, loaded her six year old son into a vehicle and then crashed into a creek bank, killing her son.
Investigators say Howard told them that she "celebrated her 26th birthday with Seagram's and root beer and a bowl full of pot". She then loaded her son Samuel Carpenter into the front seat of a car without a seat belt and proceeded to drive.
The ride didn't last long. At about 4 p.m. on Saturday, Howard lost control of the vehicle and crashed, killing her six year old son. Howard, of COURSE, walked away with relatively minor neck and rib injuries.
Following Howard's release from Hamot Medical Center, she was arraigned and charged with involuntary manslaughter, DUI, child endangerment and various other related charges. She was then booked into the Erie County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
That should teach her not to drink and drive, eh? Well, not exactly.
A languishing Howard made an appeal to the judge, requesting a 24 hour furlough from jail, so that she could attend her dead son's funeral. The judge, mistakenly unaware that Erin Howard was going to become our Bad Mother of the week, granted the leave. She was released on orders to return to lockup by 3:00 pm on Saturday.
Howard drove to Hamilton Ohio, where her son's funeral was taking place. But instead of complying with the judges orders to attend the funeral and return afterwards, Howard hit the closest suitable bar she could find.
Responding on a tip from the child's father, police found Howard guzzling drinks at a bar called Tailgaters, just six miles down the road from where the funeral took place. What's more, she had blown the 3:00 curfew that the judge set - absconding lockup by nine hours.
Howard now faces felony escape charges in addition to manslaughter, DUI, child endangerment and a treasure trove of related counts.
"Who would have thought that someone who was extended the courtesy of attending a dead child's funeral would not comply with the terms and conditions of the furlough?" said Erie County District Attorney Brad Foulk. "It is absolutely beyond my comprehension," he added.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Well did you soak all of that in? Imagine the layers of sheer dumb twitted stupidity must exist within a woman's mind - to go drinking after killing her son while doing the very same thing.
Could this possibly be a good thing? I think so and I'll explain why.
The media has been all over this story, ranting about how horrible this act was - and I agree, it's pretty astounding. But I see the woman's actions as blessing in disguise.
See, now when she comes before the judge, he'll know who she truly is.
She won't be a woman who simply made a grave mistake that she will pay for with or without jail. No, her attorney won't be so fast to twist this one around quite so easily.
She now comes before the judge as the unrelentingly self centered, self absorbed, insultingly defiant dimwit that she really is. The mask is off. No poor, grieving mother in this picture.
Clarity is a wonderful thing.
As I remember being said in an old 80's song from my favorite decade..... It's Hammer Time!
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