- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

South Carolina resident Shaquan Duley joins a long list of women, including Susan Smith, Andrea Yates and Diane Downs, charged with murdering their young children because they thought them too much of a burden, wanted to please their boyfriends or wished to retaliate against a family member (“Mom accused of killing 2 toddlers,” Nation, Wednesday).

It is terrible that children are used as pawns or sacrifices. The very person who should have been their primary defender or guardian becomes their No. 1 enemy.

If a mother can’t or doesn’t want to take care of her children, she should give them up for adoption to someone who does want them instead of cruelly extinguishing their lives.

KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN

Huntington Beach, Calif.