You likely remember the horrific case of Dena Schlosser, the Plano mother who in 2004 cut the arms off her baby. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Anyway, in June she got a job at the Wal-Mart in Terrell. They’d run a criminal background check on her, but since she’d never been convicted of a crime (and was using a different surname now), nothing turned up. Until those muckrakers at WFAA were contacted by a concerned viewer who’d recognized Schlosser:
“For her to be in the hospital for such a short time, and then have the freedom that you and I enjoy, after what she did, I think is a shame and there should be an outcry from the public,” said Natalie Elmoghrabi, a former Terrell resident who was in town for the day.
After the TV station came calling, Wal-Mart fired Schlosser.
What this woman did was awful, just awful. But psychiatrists have declared her not to be a risk, and she’s been released on an outpatient status under which she must apparently live within strict guidelines. Doesn’t she deserve a chance to have a job to support herself? Or do we only support rehabilitation and redemption so long as it’s not occurring at our own neighborhood market?