THE ADVOCATE 385
VOL. 76 PART 3 MAY 2018
By Sandra Jakab
Prince George Citizen – September 3, 2013
Mother attempts to drown son on Labour Day
RCMP officers from the Prince George detachment attended a
downtown home on Labour Day after receiving a call reporting
that a young mother had attempted to drown her son in the bathtub.
The caller had intervened to save the four-year-old. The
mother has been charged with attempted murder and child neglect.
She is being held pending bail. Child Protection Services has
temporarily placed the boy in the care of his grandmother.
River – November 2016
I am watching Charity but she doesn’t know it. Her black hair shines like
crow feathers in sunshine. She is in the office behind the glass-that-won’tbreak
and her head is down and her long bangs hide her slanty black eyes
Charity is a bitch. She puts on a nicey-nice face for the cops and her boss
and even me when she remembers—but she can’t fool me like she fools the
others. I call her Cherry because her boobs are small as cherries—I told her
that! It makes her really mad—I can tell—but she doesn’t say anything—
instead her eyes squint and her eyebrows get closer to her eyes and her
mouth gets tight.
I thought Cherry would be different. She played Lego with me right on
the floor and she did not make me stop playing after one hour which is what
Lisa used to do—she would stop me too soon—you can’t build anything in
one hour! Cherry asked me questions about the dam I was building and
didn’t make me take it apart at the end of the day and even tried to make
the next care person leave it up—but they wouldn’t—she tried for three days
in a row. She brought videos about the Three Gorges Dam and the Hoover
* This story won first place in the Advocate’s 2017 short story competition.