TAR AND FEATHERS ISN’T ENOUGH FOR THIS CASE: State Takes Baby for First 75 Days of the Baby’s Life, Because of Mother’s Use of Poppy Seed Dressing. Perhaps being horsewhipped naked through the streets, then tarred and feathered. Though I’m not sure even that is severe enough. Maybe branding “I am an idiot” on the forehead? Or tattooing it, anyway.

Seriously, the people involved in this should face the kind of life-devastating consequences that will deter such behavior in the future. That they probably will not is just one more small step toward a world where such behavior will in fact be responded to with extralegal violence.