I just read this BBC news article and my heart goes out to Shanesha.  I know what it's like not to have money and be so on the fringe thinking about how to do the very next, very next thing that you lose perspective because you really are trying to just get by.  It's not so much losing perspective as much as only being able to think of the next immediate thing because that is what is in your reach.  I believe this is called survival.  Her keeping the fan on for the kids isn't negligence.  Her scrounging up used cans to recycle the night before isn't negligence.  It's hard, humiliating, desperate work that only a parent would do for their kids.  She had no other choices because those choices most of us know about were not options for her.