TTAG reader DH emailed a link to The New York Daily News story Texas mom high on pot, PCP tried to drown kids before saved by armed son with a simple statement: “Not a perfect tale, but it’s the real world.” Ain’t that the truth. Sonya Gardner, 35, had allegedly just placed her two kids, ages 6 and 4, in the filled tub at her Dallas home when her courageous son heard the children’s cries and kicked down the bathroom door after firing a gun in the air. The teen reportedly breezed past his disturbed mother and snatched the children from the filled tub before safely dropping them off at a neighbor’s home Thursday night. “We were fixing to die,” the 6-year-old later told officers of their mother’s attempt to “drown us in the bath” over their request for snacks, according to the affidavit.” Even so, there’ll be no hero’s welcome for the son . . .
Gardner’s son, identified as Jydesmon Gardner, shortly after fled the scene while wanted for an outstanding warrant.
Because he was in possession of a gun, he could also now face a charge as a felon in possession of a firearm.
Regardless of that charge’s possibility, Dallas police Maj. Rob Sherwin publicly expressed his hope that the teen will come forward as a witness.
“It appears that his actions may have saved the lives of these two children,” he said during a press conference. “We would like to speak to Mr. Gardner as a witness.”
Would it be churlish of me to point out that firing the gun “in the air” may have meant firing the gun through the ceiling of a neighboring apartment? I guess so. To paraphrase DH, it’s not a perfect world.