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m saddened that there was even a trail against Melissa Baller, and was grateful for the outcome. She was doing her best, but that didn’t seem good enough for some people. I am ashamed of those witnesses, who should have extended a helping hand, it is hard as a single parent to work and care for a small child. (Most women aren’t handymen either). She doesn’t need prosecuted, she needs a very big hug and let her know she is not alone in her sorrow. I don’t think there is a parent out there, who hasn’t taken their eyes off their child briefly, that something didn’t happen. All it takes is the slightest disturbance to distract our attention. (This could have been you.) When a body demands sleep, it is going to shut down, so it can rest and regain strength. Nightshift is very hard for some people, the body can’t adjust. I think Melissa should be commended for trying to make her own way in life. It seems that everyone is wrapped up in their own selves and don’t have time for anyone else. People should take the time to do a good deed for someone each day, the rewards are tremendous spiritually. Her tragedy was unintentional and that is something she has to live with the rest of her life. Isn’t that enough? Even our District Attorney makes mistakes, but I didn’t go over and jerk him off the table and ask him; can’t you read? There is a sign on the table in the lobby of the courthouse that reads; do not sit on table. This was probably unintentional, but could have been a tragedy if it broke. The law enforces the signs that read; keep off the grass. Where does neglect begin and end? It is a harsh word and should be thought about very carefully. We have all made mistakes in raising our children, we were just more fortunate than Melissa, hers was a great tragedy and I think she has suffered enough. I think she should be set free with no strings attached. I am sure there are others who feel the same as I do. Althea Casteel Prineville
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