Seeking Justice a Decade After Abandonment by My Own Mother
A young man has shared his story of longing for his mother who abandoned him in his childhood and has been missing for over a decade. Currently, he harbors more tender feelings than anger towards his mother who abandoned her moral duties. However, he wonders if he can hold his heartless mother legally accountable now that his feelings have changed.
A post titled ‘The Biggest Regret of My Life’ recently appeared on the online community DC Inside.
The 21-year-old male author shared his heartbreaking story: “When I was in second grade, my mother and I went to a department store. She took me straight to a game console demo and left me there saying, ‘Mommy will be back soon. I love you.'”
He continued, “I thought she was just going to meet her friends again and leave me behind. I told her, ‘I hate you, Mom.’ But then she turned back, touched my face with a sad expression, kissed me, and hugged me tightly.”
He added, “At that time, I liked counting numbers. I knew what a hundred million was, so I told her not to come back for a hundred million seconds (about three years). She left without saying a word and didn’t come back until the department store closed. I haven’t seen her since then.”
He confessed, “I’m 21 now, and over a decade has passed. Sometimes my mom appears in my dreams, and every time I wake up my pillow is soaked with tears.”
“After parting with my mom, I have lived with my grandmother. One day she told me, ‘Your mom came to your high school graduation but I didn’t tell you. I’m sorry.’ I got angry with my grandmother for the first time. I regretted telling my mom not to come back for a hundred million seconds at the department store.”
He said, “Even though I know now that she wouldn’t have come back even if I hadn’t said that, I regret those words every day. Every night before I go to sleep, I count numbers and shed tears remembering how my 9-year-old self waited for my mother.”
Readers have harshly criticized the mother who abandoned her young son. If the author reunites with his mother now, can he hold her legally accountable?
In theory, if a parent abandons their young child, they can be charged with the criminal offense of abandonment or sued for damages due to illegal conduct.
However, both methods are difficult to apply. According to criminal law, if a person who has an obligation to protect someone young or ill abandons them, they can be sentenced to imprisonment for up to three years.
The problem is that the statute of limitations for this crime is ten years. So, even if his mother is found guilty of this charge, she cannot be punished because more than ten years have already passed.
The deadline for him to sue his mother for civil damages has also passed. According to Article 766 of the Civil Law, if a person does not exercise their right to claim damages within three years from the date they learn of the damage and the offender the statute of limitations expires. You cannot claim damages if ten years have passed since the illegal act.
In the end, the only card Mr. A can play is to claim past child support through his grandmother.