Colorado Shooting Reveals The Nominee For Worst Father Of The Year

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Colorado theatre shooting.  What a senseless tragedy!  While there were many heros that rose to the occasion in this massacre, there was someone who didn't rise at all to the occasion. He actually ran away.

Where do I begin?  Jamie Rohrs and his fiancee, Patricia Legarreta were at the movie theatre with their 3 month old and 4 year old children for the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises".  Why are you at the movies at midnight with a toddler and an infant?  Because you are bad selfish parents.  When you become a parent, you have to make sacrifices.  Your children's well being comes before your entertainment needs.  If you can't find a babysitter, then you can't go to the movies.  Your child should not be out at midnight at a movie theatre because it's more important for you to see a movie than to make sure that your child is getting a good nights sleep in their own bed.     

When the violence began the family quickly got on the floor, each parent had one child.  The infant was crying and the father felt as though the crying would draw attention to him from the shooter so he jumped over the seats with the baby. Jamie tried to keep the baby low on the floor and he kept crying so he waited for an opportunity to run and he left.  He fucking left his fiancee and his two children in the movie theatre with a maniac that was shooting people.  While Patricia lie on the floor with her daughter suffering from being hit with schrapnel in her leg, she sees her son lying on the floor near the stairs, alone. At that point she reached out and grabbed her son and pulled him close to her. When the shooting stopped, she grabbed both children and ran outside. It was only then, when she was outside that she looked at her leg that had been injured.

Not only did he just leave the theatre, he left the premises.  He didn't wait around to see if they would come out alive.  He didn't even wait to see if they were injured so that he could accompany them to the hospital.  He didn't even wait to tell the police that they were in the theatre so that they could be searched for.  He was only reunited with his family when his fiancee called him from someone's phone and he drove back to the theatre. Let me repeat that.  He was only reunited with his family when his fiancee called him from someone's phone and he drove back to the theatre.  Did you hear me people?  This idiot left his family in that theatre, got in his car and drove to who knows where. Did he go home? Did he go to a bar? Did he go out for a bit to eat? Wherever he went, it was not the right place to be.

For all of you Seinfeld fans out there, this tragedy is like the George Costanza fire episode on crack, meth and bath salts times 1,000,000!  Take a minute and watch the Seinfeld episode, it will soften your heart a little after reading about this idiot.

It is situations like this when you find out what you are really made of. Parents are supposed to protect their children, not leave them when they are in danger. Many parents would have taken a bullet to the head before leaving their children in that theatre. Jamie Rohrs is a weak coward and the ultimate poor excuse for a father.  Here's to you Jamie Rohrs, I present the Worst Father of The Year Award!!

If you want to read about the 19 year old young man who helped save this family click here.

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  • You are a jerk. Who cares if they take babies and a toddler to a movie. Maybe they didn't even look for a babysitter, maybe the toddler wanted to see the movie and the 3 month old is too young to even know whats going on around him so who cares? i'm more worried that the baby was injured by some phsyco then the parents bringing them into a movie theatre.While Patricia lie on the floor with her daughter suffering from being hit with schrapnel in her leg, she sees her son lying on the floor near the stairs, alone. At that point she reached out and grabbed her son and pulled him close to her. When the shooting stopped, she grabbed both children and ran outside. It was only then, when she was outside that she looked at her leg that had been injured.

    That sounds like she was a hero who didn't care if she got injured as long as her children were safe. I'm going to look up what the father did because I dont trust any info that would come from some ass who is angry about parents bringing their children to see a movie more then the fact that a 3 month old was shot by some phsyco.

  • In reply to amandamllr:

    I looked it all up and this is all fabrication, there was no mention of a toddler by the way but on that I'm not sure it might have not been mentined, but I do know as soon as the shooting started the father grabbed his son and ran from the building to keep his son safe. His fience met him out later, they were both, as good parents are, more worried about their child then themselves or each other. They did what any sane parent do and placed the safety of their child as their number one priority. Stop making up stupid crap and have some compassion!

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    Hey Amanda - check your facts again: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2176718/The-Dark-Knight-Rises-Colorado-Shooting-Jamie-Rohrs-lost-baby-floor-panic-massacre-cinema.html

    When you have young kids you do the responsible, mature, adult thing - you stay home if you can't get a sitter. Life sucks, you make choices, I was a poor parent with young kids. Suck it up, be a grown-up and make a good decision. And there is NO rationalization for leaving your kids and GF behind. FAIL.

  • In reply to Chris Huennekens:

    I have been to several movies where I have seen parents bring in car seats holding infants, none of them were shot because shooters dont usually go to movie theaters and start shooting. Have some campassion and not being judgemental. Just because your posting on here their bad parents doesnt mean shit.

  • In reply to Chris Huennekens:

    Excellent point! People don't want to put their children first. They think that they can continue with life after having a child.

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    In reply to Chris Huennekens:

    i agree with amanda!! im a mother of 2 and just bc you have kids does not mean you have to suck it up and be home i myself HAVE taken both of my kids 4month old and 2 yr old...to the movies at midnight...i dont have a sitter and i WOULD NOT trust my kids with anyone i dont know !! so i take them with me (THE SAFEST PLACE THEY CAN BE) WITH ME!!!!! so i understand why these people took there kids to the movies ... jus bc your boring and want to stay at home do what u want but it a free country these are the parents...its not like they thought ...."HEY LETS LEAVE THE KIDS WITH A SITTER SINCE WE ARE GNA BE SHOT AT TODAY!"
    ...doesnt work like that.... so what if they took the kids to the damn theater at midnight..is that illegal?!! NOPE! the parents did NOTHING WRONG... they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time with thier kids... u make them seam like bigger bad guys then the shooter ..smh.. shame on you!!!!! YES I agree the dad is messed up!!! but what the hell can we do..like you said only we will know what we can do when we are put into a situation like this....

  • In reply to Michelle Aguilar:

    Michelle, there are many things that aren't illegal, that aren't the right thing to do. Taking kids to late movies is one of them. I guess because you have two kids there will be at least one more generation of people who think that this is a good idea. Thanks in advance for frustrating the next generation of movie goers.

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    In reply to Michelle Aguilar:

    Michelle - yes, really, when you become a parent life does change. You call it sucking it up, I call it growing up. The movie was not rated G, it was not during the day time, and most importantly -- other adults in the theater don't want to hear your children making noise and ruining their experience because you don't want to 1) pay for a sitter, and 2) grow up and realize that life is no longer the same now that you are a parent. This comment has nothing to do with the shooting -- but everything to do with your false sense of entitlement. Please people, leave little children home when appropriate. They should be sleeping at midnight, not sitting in a theater because you can't wait to see the movie at another time.

  • In reply to Marie:

    I wish there was a Like button for comments. I agree with Marie and the blog author. Nobody wants to hear your crying baby at a midnight showing you have paid a LOT of money to go to! I think it's very selfish and immature that the young parents in the story and Michelle think it's even remotely OK to take their baby and 4-year-old to a movie at midnight, let alone a dark movie that probably has lots of loud crashes and violence! Sounds like irresponsible parenting to me.

    As for the Terrible Father of the Year Award, wow. I am appalled to learn the mother/ girlfriend in this article agreed to marry the putz after he abandoned her and their children at the theater while a crazy gunman was still loose! Wow, oh, wow.

  • In reply to Chris Huennekens:

    Come on, you dont have to be so hard on yourself !! Obviously when you have kids you got to be more responsible and attentive, but its OK to be little lenient once in a while. Its not like anybody is going to the movies like every single day with their kids ! And you never know, maybe they were out like this for the very first time with their kids.
    BTW, I saw the guy's interview along with his fiance in a News Channel , and he was so terribly sorry for leaving them like that. He said the kids were with the girl and he was looking for them but couldn't find them anywhere becoz of the smoke ! He called her cell but she wasn't answering.
    We should not pass judgements too soon especially when we our selves did not see it happening :)

  • In reply to flowers:

    This guy has realized just how bad he looked and is now changing his story. Here is an interview with ABC News, before he began changing his story. http://news.yahoo.com/couple-colo-theater-shooting-escape-baby-toddler-tow-162024554--abc-news-topstories.html

  • In reply to amandamllr:

    Amanda, if you would have clicked on their names within the blog, the link would have taken you to the article where I got my information.

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    Actually Amanda, you might want to check your resources again. I saw an interview with the so-called "father", although I hesitate to call him that, and he admitted to doing EXACTLY what is stated above. He tried to justify it that there was so much going on he didn't know what he was doing. He had no explanation for why he got in his car and actually drove away, leaving his family to fend for themselves.

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    In reply to lacymom1109:

    disagree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    In reply to Michelle Aguilar:

    WRONG ONE....

  • In reply to amandamllr:

    Amanda,
    I don't expect everyone to agree with me when I write my blogs but I do expect some respect and I don't appreciate you calling me an "Ass". I provided a link in my blog to the story posted by ABC News, I didn't just make this story up.

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    I don't care if their 4 year old daughter WANTED to see the rated R film- in the middle of the night-, it was their responsibility to do what was best for her, not what she wanted! I remember seeing a little girl maybe 2 years old, in a stroller, holding a sippy cup, watching the movie "300" wide-eyed. She became terrified partway through and spend the rest of the movie crying into her mother's neck. It is IRRESPONSIBLE parenting! Did the mother do what was brave and right when the bullets started flying? YES, absolutely! I admire her reaction, unlike her coward of a fiance. But that doesn't change the fact that she and her fiance made a stupid mistake bringing those children to that movie in the middle of the night in the first place.

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    Are you serious? Maybe the toddler wanted to see the movie? You are a moron! If you dont want to judge this man becasue you have never been in his situation, I have zero problem with that. But for you to defend him because "maybe" his toddler wanted to see the movie proves to me that you are an idiot.

  • In reply to amandamllr:

    You're the jerk.. Infants are precious and their hearing can be damaged at a movie at that age. A toddler shouldn't be making decisions about a movie PERIOD. Bad parenting. As for the jerk father who left them, I hope she does marry him so he's off the market. Thontruly I hope for her sake having given birth twice and lived to tell the tale, she should run with her babies to the hills far far away from him.
    As a society we want it all and we can actually have it all. However that @all" comes with sacrifices. i.e., no movies unless you get a babysitter who will NOT harm your children. And a contingency plan in case of an emergency. 9/11/01 should have taught EVERYONE that! Good luck to you.

  • In reply to Anna:

    Anna you are so correct. We have become a society that wants everything and we want it right now. I think its funny that you say that she should stay with him so that he is off the market. I guess that's one way to save another young lady from having babies with this guy. Thanks for reading!

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    Heh heh...phsyco.

  • Not sure who the Amanda is above, but she fails at reading comprehension. I agree with your post, Tracy, on several counts!

    A) who brings babies to an adult movie? (This, I can sort of understand and forgive...except...)

    B ) who brings babies to a SCARY movie? (I can sort of make a stretch and still forgive this, although at this point they really should wait and go to the theaters when there's fewer people around, and thus, fewer people to annoy).

    C) The father, by his own account (are you reading this, Amanda?) abandoned his child. His intentions started out good, yelling for his fiancee to hit the ground. But along the way he set his son down and kept trying to leave the scene.

    ""I'm trying to keep him low. ... And he's crying," Rohrs said. "People are running all over. I'm tripping and falling. I don't know if I laid him down or sat him down. I'm wondering maybe there's more of them. [I'm thinking] 'He's crying and they're going to come get me.' I look up to see if I can run. I'm ducking, dodging, turning left, turning right. ... Every time you hear a gun shot, it's like 'Oh, I'm dead.'""
    "He said he wondered where Ethan was but realized he could not go back to get him. Rohrs finally jumped over the balcony and ended up outside.
    "It just felt like the worst thing ever because my son's still in there," he told ABC News. "My girlfriend is still in there. I'm out here. Who leaves their child there?"
    He said Legarreta called him from another phone and he drove back to the theater. They were eventually taken to the hospital and released. "

    The father's story sounds inconsistent. How is it that he had to DRIVE back to the theater to meet up with them? The mom is awesome. The father...dude is going to have to live with his guilt. There's "good enough parenting," and then there's "bad parenting." He falls into the latter.

    Thanks for writing about this, Tracy.

  • In reply to Holly:

    On your first point, when have you seen a baby watch tv or a movie? when have you seen babies understand what they are seeing? What person remembers what theyve seen at 3 or 4 months?? so that doesnt matter does it? On your second point same as the first except the annoying those around you part. If a baby starts crying and the parent doesnt bring their child outside then their douches, not bad parents, just douches. And third, if you read the comment I left before I put this, its at the bottom because I posted it before I read your reply, I admit I read a different article then you guys did so I got different info and the father is horrible father for abandoning his child and fience when the phsyco started shooting, but not a bad parent because he brought his 4 month old to a movie he doesnt understand, wasnt watching, and never will remember.

  • In reply to amandamllr:

    Amanda,
    Why are you so hung up on the kids being at the movie theatre. The main part of the story is about this guy leaving his family in a building with a maniac shooting. I stand very firmly on my point about kids being in a movie theatre late at night. Have you ever tried watching a movie where there are screaming kids or kids asking their parents questions about the movie every five seconds? I have and its annoying.

  • In reply to amandamllr:

    If you are watching a suspense movie and the plot is really intense, and a kid starts crying, you can miss an important part of the movie and not fully understand the rest of the movie. My point is that in this situation, it doesn't matter if the parents take the kid out of the movie, they have already ruined the movie for someone.

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    Amanda must have dragged her infants to movies, only reason she would defend it to the extent she is!

  • In reply to Almando DeFeo:

    My thoughts exactly!

  • In reply to Holly:

    Holly,
    I was torn about writing this blog because I did not want to appear insensitive. The more I read about this guy and the fact that he kept being interviewed really made me angry.

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    I've watched some of these video, on the parents who brought their children to the theater, first off I do agree that you shouldn't be bring a baby and a 4 year old I don't think these teens or young adults seem to understand that once you have kids and you should be devoting your time on the safety and well being of your children you are no longer have the freedom to do what you want once make the decision of being a Parent. I watched several videos about them my first thought is were they high? none of the parents knew what was going, and then he left his family and he kept debating about the pros and cons of going back in to save them?

    "It just felt like the worst thing ever because my son's still in there," Rohrs told ABC News. "My girlfriend is still in there. I'm out here. Who leaves their child there?"

    The couple then reunited outside the cinema, after Ms Legarreta phoned her fiance who had driven away from the scene.

    Not only this but he proposed to her? Then she said yes? I couldn't get married to a man who left my baby at the stairs and never bother to come back to save me or my kids, which leads me to believe they were both high or that she must be dumb and he feels guilty.

  • In reply to Pedro Rico:

    Pedro, I was wondering if they were high myself. I can't believe that he kept being interviewed and telling this story. Maybe he was high.

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    Yes, he definitely was a selfish parent. And those who focus more on the fact that Tracy criticized parents to a late movie and less on the fleeing Dad should be slapped.
    Do whatever you want to do! If you want to take your three month old to late night viewings of Foxy Brown classics, knock yourself out. However, to attempt to discount a story that has been plastered all over the newsand recounted by the loser himself is sad. The liar who claimed it was all a fabrication needs to take of their rose colored glasses and realize that people are fucked up nowadays. You are just mad because believe it is okay to take your kid to the movies at night, that doesnt make the author a liar, it makes you self conscious. Is your face hot? It should be. You out to be ashamed for falsly stating a story was made up and supposedly did "research" that confirmed that the story didnt exist. Ha!

  • In reply to Joy Sinegar:

    Thanks for pointing this out. I was really confused why she was focused on my comment about them bringing the kids to a movie. I guess she didn't get the main point of the story. She is obviously a parent who doesn't have a problem taking her kids to see adult movies at night.

  • In reply to Tracy A. Stanciel:

    I dont have any kids, I just dont like when others get all holier then thou and judging other parents Easpecially after a sensless tragedy like this one. Damn.

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    1. Parents shouldn't take their children to late movies...period. 2. Parents shouldn't take their children to movies that are inappropriate for their age...period.
    3. Young children have better memories than most people think...while they don't remember exact details, they will remember the imagery.
    4. The father is not a man....glad you finally realize that.

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    In reply to GTodd:

    I agree with you 100%. Very well said.

  • In reply to GTodd:

    Well said! When you have children, you have to make different choices in life.

  • In reply to amandamllr:

    Holy crap, you're so butthurt it's embarrassing!

    If you don't have any kids then stop crying/weeping about a point of view you know nothing about, it's just embarrassing now...

  • In reply to AmandaFailsAgain:

    You are funny! Thanks for reading!

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    Don't have kids? I hope you're blessed with many and you're stuck trying to go to the movies. You have no life experience what so ever and at my young age, even I know it is not appropiate to drag your children, much less an infant to a movie theatre at those hours.
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    I really hate hearing you people bitch about the family who brought there kids to a late night showing. The fucked up part isnt taking your kid to a late night movie. Most likely the kids will sleep through it and will be just fine. I used to sleep through family parties while they drank and danced and eventually my mom would take me home late in the morning and I was just fine. The fucked up part of this is the fact that someone went on a shooting rampage in a movie theature of all places! Dont blame the victims blame the phsyco who was blasting bullets. Also a 6 year old died. I guess you should judge and scorn those parents to? These people went through a traumatizing event and the last thing they need is for you to put them down. You people are almost as repulsive as the shooter and you should be ashamed of your selves for making judgements. What would of you done? I dont know if the dad ran out or not and if he did I agree that is fucked up but give the mom some fucking credit cause you never know what you would do if it was you in that position. Dont blame victims and blame the person who murdered 12 fucking people. Life aint a cupcake party and those parents are people who thought it woud be okay. Mind ya business and dont talk unless you were there!

  • In reply to Valerie DiCamillo:

    Everything you said is true. Thank you, finally someone shows some compassion and common sense!

  • In reply to Valerie DiCamillo:

    Did you read my blog? You seemed to have only read few sentences. All you are bitching about is the fact that I critcized the parents for taking the kids to the late movie. A MAN LEFT HIS FIANCEE AND CHILDREN IN A MOVIE THEATRE WITH A KILLER!! This blog isn't about the shooter, enough people have covered his story already.

  • If I read a different news article that contradicted the ones you guys wrote, I apologize for my ignorance of the facts. That only means the father was a horrible father and a horrible person. NOT because he took his baby to a movie at midnight but because he abandoned his child when a phsyco started shooting. The whole point is we should be focusing on the phsyco shooter, and the father being an asshole because he abandoned his kid. But NO parents bringing their children to a midnight opening is FAR worse.

  • In reply to amandamllr:

    Amanda, you and Valerie seem to be hung up on the fact that I criticized the parents for taking the kids to the late movie. That is such a minor issue in this story. Taking the kids to a late movie, alone doesn't make him a bad parent. Him taking them to the movies and then leaving his family while a killer ran wild, makes him a bad parent.

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    In reply to amandamllr:

    If you asked me to anticipate how the father would respond in a life or death situation with his toddler and baby when his first choice is to take them to see a scary adult-themed movie at midnight, I would certainly predict he would drop his baby & run.

    If he takes his baby and 4 yr old to a scary movie at midnight, then:
    A) He doesn't care if they are scared out of their wits. He thinks they can handle that.
    B) He doesn't care if their sleeping is upright and uncomfortable and punctured with the sounds of bullets and explosions, he thinks they both (even the baby) can handle that.
    C) He doesn't care if annoyed adults reach out and smack the screaming baby, he thinks the baby can fend for itself.
    D) He doesn't care if he is testing the patience of every adult in the theater when they DON'T smack his children, because he thinks the kids can still fend for themselves, even if the most polite adult asks them sweetly why they are up way past their bedtime (that's a hint to those of you who are too dense).
    This is a family whose pleasures come at the expense of the whole world, including and especially their young children.
    The mom knows her kids won't get a comfortable sleep in the middle of a loud scary movie with THX surround sound. She is hoping they will be up all night, pestering people, and even later at night still too scared to sleep after the scary movie, bc then they won't wake her up the next morning when SHE wants to sleep in. She could not be a lazy parent if she left them home with a sitter and they got the sleep they need.
    Plus, the baby's theater ticket money would have gone to the sitter instead of into giving mom a nice long break the next morning.

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    He abandoned his kids in a shooting while a guy killed 12 people and injured like 50 others and your concerned with his actions. It seems like your life must be pretty boring being that you thoughts are more towards that than the struggles of others. I am more interested in the intentions of the killer then some guy who acted like a pussy in the midst of bullets being blasted and tear gas. Like I said before if the guy did do that he is an ass but I find it sad that you are focused on that and are minimizing the victims struggles. It seems like your hung up more so than anyone else. Being that your defensive. This next sentence shows you lack empathy for the pain they struggled "Why are you at the movies at midnight with a toddler and an infant? Because you are bad selfish parents." Thats fucked up to say about people you dont even know and who just went through severe trauma. Especially because the mom tried her best to protect her kids! and if your intention was to focus on the dad being a dick then you shouldnt of posted such a rude statement that lacks human compashion. So stop feeling big cause you have a blog on a website and send your best wishes to the families who suffered and instill positive thoughts instead of talking all this ra ra!

  • In reply to Valerie DiCamillo:

    Valerie, you need to read!! My first sentence was "My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims of the Colorado shooting". What you fail to realize is that when people make poor choices when it comes to their children, the odds are good that those children will grow up and make poor choices. You need to understand its really not about the movie, its about the choice that was made to go to the movie. You are right that the mother tried her best to protect her kids. If the kids were home in bed, they wouldn't need to be protected from a maniac.
    There are plenty of people writing about the shooter so I don't need to. I am not feeling big at all because I write this blog. I do enjoy it and I appreciate the fact that I am allowed to do it. You can have your own blog on this website as well. They are always looking for new bloggers, you should apply. If you scroll to the top of this page there is an icon that says "Pitch Your Idea". Click on the link and follow the instructions. You just need an idea and good writing skills. I hope you will consider it. Good Luck!

  • In reply to Tracy A. Stanciel:

    Really, now -- what would YOU do? Have you ever been in a smokey theater under a hail of gunfire with bloody victims falling all around you? How can you be so judgmental? We can't condone what the guy did, but there's really no need to be so condescending towards ANY victim (and that's what he, as well as the rest of them are) of such a crime. I'm sure his wife will deal with it. I'm also sure he feels pretty terrible.

    Also: lighten up. Kids can stay up after midnight every once in a while. It's almost the weekend and it's freaking Batman. Remember? A kids' comic book movie? Maybe they were there cause their kid liked it.

  • In reply to Dan Bradley:

    Dan you are right that kids can stay up once in a while. Dan you must not have children. Any parent worth the air that they are breathing would not let go of their infant in this situation. It wasn't like the infant was in a car seat or something and needed to be picked up, this guy was holding his child. He should have had a death grip on the child. You ask how can I be so judgemental? I didn't (and would never) put my kid down on the floor and run out of a theatre that was being sprayed with bullets.

    Batman is not what it used to be. This movie was rated PG-13, not G or PG. This was not an appropriate movie for a 4-year old. The parents said that the toddler was going to lay her head in the mother's lap and go to sleep. This was not for the kids, this was for them. Why couldn't they go the next day, to the early morning showing or the afternoon?

  • Mothers should not be criticized for everything =/= mothers should not be criticized for anything.

    Taking an infant and toddler to a loud, scary movie from midnight to 2am is a poor parenting choice. It's hard for a baby to sleep through TMX surround sound explosions. It's hard for a toddler to understand that the movie is not real. Staying up so late messes up the kids sleep. Watching this movie (look at Bane's crazy face mask!) is going to give a toddler nightmares. If the kids start crying during the movie, forget it. Everyone who paid good money are gonna be mad and maybe even yell at them to shut up. Seriously, you can't wait until you can get a sitter?

    I am surprised that so many people here think taking kids this young to a midnight movie is a good parenting choice.

    I am also surprised that so many people here think taking kids to a midnight movie is the point of the article. SMDH.

  • In reply to June Lake:

    June, I have been SMDH since Saturday, I'm glad that I'm not alone. Thanks for reading!

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    I am surprised you think its wrong. Many things we do every day are not good for a small infant. Ex: Just breathing the air, different chemicals in bath products, the shit they put in our food, and many things are loud such as going to see fireworks or living in a big city. So I guess you better not take a infant to a sporting event either. They are loud and here in Philly we tend to riot when are team wins so I guess thats out of the question. You cant go through life being afraid. Like I said when I was a baby my mom took me to loud family parties and even the movies but no one tried to shoot at us. You are a victim blamer. I agree with Dan Bradley whole heartedly. You just want to defend yourself I get it. but victim blaming just isnt cool and you have no idea what you would of done if it had been you there. At this point your just trying to defend yourself but have some compashion.

  • In reply to Valerie DiCamillo:

    I never said that it was their fault that they were in the situation. I asked a question and gave an opinion. I don't know why you equate making good choices for the health and well being of your child with being afraid. Young lady, when you grow up I hope that you will look back on this and understand what I am trying to explain to you. Parents make sacrifices when they have children but it seems from your own words (in previous comments) that your parents didn't and continued to live their lives just as they did before you were born.

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    oh and btw all the idiots in the world could agree with you but blaming the victims is wrong

  • In reply to Valerie DiCamillo:

    Valerie, I just read through every comment listed above and not one person blamed the parents for this tragic event. We are merely commenting on their choice to bring an infant and a toddler to a movie that was not age appropriate and at an inappropriate time.

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    In reply to Valerie DiCamillo:

    "blaming the victim" - hilarious.
    So he's a victim of dropping his baby and running from the scene? Well, maybe you're right since we can't fix stupid.

  • Of course it's selfish and a bad decision to bring those children to the theatre at that time, but anyone can be a parent, what do you expect? As parents, we all make bad decisions, but ours are not exposed to the media hype like these people. What I find sad here is that we are judging the fiancee during a time of extreme stress. There are physiological reactions that happen under stress--flight or fight response--that are often beyond your immediate control. Is it sad that this guy did that--yes, but your judgement is even sadder. None of us know how we would react in a situation such as this. Many people who immediately got up to run out when they realized something was amiss were shot--their intial reaction proved to be fatal. There is a very good book on the subject of how people react in extreme situations: The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why by Amanda Ripley.

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    In reply to DJNS:

    As a father I would never bring my small kids to see any movie they are too young to understand.
    On that test, it is my respect and consideration for the world around me that gets in the way of THAT poor parenting mistake.
    Also as a father, I would never, ever abandon my family even if some guy held a shotgun to my head and demanded up front that I do so. On that test, it is my deeply felt love and concern for my kids and my wife that would keep me from making THAT poor parenting mistake.
    I don't claim to be perfect either but my love and respect for my family may be in part due to the decision I made to marry my wife BEFORE she gave birth to my first child. He knocked her up twice and then proposed only after this test exposed him as a complete coward. Just how many get out of jail free cards are you planning to give to this loser?

  • DJNS, thanks for the book suggestion. There have been a few times when I have been in my car and came really close to being involved in a car accident. In the middle of stopping my car or swerving away from some idiot, my first thoughts are my children. Not myself, but my children. It's called parental instinct! I believe that it's a parent's job to protect their children in any circumstance.

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    "Valerie, I just read through every comment listed above and not one person blamed the parents for this tragic event. We are merely commenting on their choice to bring an infant and a toddler to a movie that was not age appropriate and at an inappropriate time."

    is that so?.....

    "Where do I begin? Jamie Rohrs and his fiancee, Patricia Legarreta were at the movie theatre with their 3 month old and 4 year old children for the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises". Why are you at the movies at midnight with a toddler and an infant? Because you are bad selfish parents. "

    Is that enough for you? The choice of saying bad selfish parents to the victims of a horrible crime. Hopefully you will get why people are responding negatively to your sassy little blog miss mom of the year! Hope you feel big! It must make you feel good to compare people to your life until one day you make a choice you wish you could take back then judgements will be a hard thing for you to grasp.

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