Mother-In-Law’s Unforgivable Negligence Shatters A Couple’s Trust, Now They Must Take a Stand to Protect Their Newborn Son.
After entrusting their 2-year-old daughter to the care of the Original Poster’s (OP) mother-in-law, a tragic accident occurs, setting off a chain of events that tests the limits of forgiveness and family bonds.
OP’s mother-in-law (MIL) is left to babysit their 2-year-old daughter. MIL leaves the child unattended by a pond to fetch clothes from the dryer, resulting in a horrific accident where the daughter falls into the pond and drowns. The negligence shatters OP’s trust in MIL.
MIL discovers the tragedy and panics, calling for help. A neighbor tries to help, but it’s too late. MIL begs OP not to involve the police, claiming she “doesn’t know how it could have happened” and “calling the police won’t bring her back.”
Despite MIL’s pleas, OP calls the police. MIL is charged with criminal negligence and sentenced to three years in prison. OP feels the punishment is too light for the loss they’ve suffered.
An Unforgivable Release
MIL is released from prison and contacts the OP’s husband. He never visited her during her sentence, and neither he nor OP can forgive her for causing their daughter’s death. MIL offers only excuses, not apologies.
OP and their husband’s marriage is severely damaged by the tragedy. They come close to divorcing but eventually reconcile and continue their life together. The pain from their daughter’s death still lingers.
A Second Chance
OP becomes pregnant again and gives birth to a son. They’re determined to protect him from MIL’s irresponsibility. Neither OP nor their husband wants MIL involved in their son’s life.
MIL spots the OP’s family with their new baby and tries to reestablish contact. She reproaches her son for not visiting and insists she’s glad to have a grandchild again. Her intrusion is unwelcome and met with resistance.
OP’s husband asserts that MIL has no claim to their son and that he doesn’t have a grandmother. They will raise their son to know the truth about his sister’s death. The couple is united in keeping their son safe from MIL.
MIL is shocked by their response and accuses them of being cruel. She threatens to go to court for legal permission to meet her grandson. OP doubts she would succeed, given her criminal record.
OP’s husband tells the MIL she won’t have access to their son and should leave them alone. MIL isn’t deterred and shows up at their house, demanding to see her grandchild. The couple refuses, stating she lost her rights when their daughter drowned.
Trust is irreparably broken between the OP, their husband, and the MIL. The couple has no intention of ever letting MIL be involved in their son’s life. The OP’s fear now extends to all babysitters and nannies, given the tragic experience.
Legal Battle Looms
MIL threatens to take them to court for grandparent visitation rights. OP is prepared to fight and prove MIL’s unsuitability as a grandmother. They’re even considering a move abroad in order to keep their son safe.
OP is astonished by MIL’s shamelessness and persistence. They’re ready to call the police or relocate to protect their family. Their son’s safety is their highest priority. MIL seems oblivious to the pain and devastation she caused three years ago.
The OP and her husband refuse to forgive the MIL for their daughter’s death. They’re determined to protect their son at all costs, even if it means severing ties with family.
Is The Couple’s Behavior Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “I am so very sorry for your loss. I would also like to congratulate you on having your son. I wish you love and healing.”
Another responder wrote: “I completely agree with you and your husband’s desire to keep your son safe. I think it’s the best move in this situation. She has lost your trust forever and should never be trusted around young children again.”
A different person states, “Depending on where you live, grandparents’ rights may be a legal thing, but I can’t imagine a court that would allow for her to have them. I’d say document every interaction you have and let her waste her time and money trying.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by this thread.
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