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Two Toddlers Die In Hot BabySitter

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Two Toddlers were found in an SUV in front of the home.

5-month-old twins die after being left in SUV

#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA  –  The second of twin infants found unresponsive in a vehicle Thursday has died, according to police in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

The 5-month-old twins were found unresponsive around 2:30 p.m. in an SUV in the 2400 block of Alfalfa Lane near Jefferson Davis Highway, according to WTVR.

Police, along with Chesterfield County Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the children to Chippenham Hospital.

One of the children was pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday afternoon. The other child died several hours later.

The children, according to neighbors were a boy and a girl.

A woman who lives a few doors down defended the children’s parents through tears.

“They go to work, they come home to their kids.  They’re not any trouble, they’re awesome,” the woman, who declined to be identified, said.

“It’s tragic what happened, I don’t even know how to help them with their pain. It was certainly not an intentionally negligent act, it was a horrific mistake that can never be erased,” said another neighbor, Donna Gusti, who also works with both parents at a nearby Waffle House.

The woman who lives next door to the family said the wife was at work Thursday afternoon when she called her.

“His wife called me at 2 p.m. to wake him up to come and get her from work and that’s when everything happened,” the neighbor said.  “That’s when he found the babies in the car.”

She believes the husband just forgot the babies remained in the car when he got home from dropping his wife off at work.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Vehicles Are Not Baby Sitters

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Cynthia Marie Randolph, 24, locked Children in hot car.

Children who were locked in hot car as
punishment died of heat stroke

PARKER COUNTY, TX  –  Two children who were locked in a hot car for two hours as punishment died of heat stroke and their deaths have been ruled homicides, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

The mother of the two children, Cynthia Marie Randolph, was arrested in June and charged with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.  In light of the medical examiner’s ruling, she will likely faces additional charges.

The children — Juliet Ramirez, 2, and Cavanaugh Ramirez, 16 months — died May 26, when temperatures reached 96 degrees, which at the time was the hottest day of the year.

When it’s 95 degrees outside, the temperature inside a vehicle can soar to 140 degrees in one hour, according to noheatstroke.org. Heatstroke begins when the body’s temperature reaches 104 degrees.

On the afternoon of May 26, sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 200 block of Rambling Loop, in an unincorporated area of Parker County west of Lake Weatherford, where Randolph told detectives that she found her two children unresponsive after being locked inside a vehicle.  It was the first of several stories that she told about the events of that day, according to investigators.

Ultimately, Randolph, 24, told an investigator that she had been upset with Juliet because the toddler would not get out of the car. She cursed at her daughter and then locked the two children inside the 2010 Honda Crosstour, thinking they would be able to get out on their own, according to an arrest warrant affidavit detailing her interview with Texas Ranger Jim Holland.

As the temperature inside the car rose, Randolph went inside her house and smoked marijuana, then took a nap of two to three hours.

After waking up, Randolph began looking for the children.  When she couldn’t find them, she went to the Honda, where she could see Juliet in the driver’s seat and Cavanaugh on the floorboard, according to the affidavit.

Randolph said neither child was responding and all the doors were locked, so she broke the passenger side window, removed both children and rushed them inside, placing them on the kitchen table.

Randolph plugged her phone into a charger — she had left it in the car with the children — and called 911.  Life Care Medics pronounced both children dead at the scene.

NC Dad Left 3 Children In Hot Baby Sitter

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Brandon Lee Lewis, 34

Yadkin County dad charged with Child Abuse after leaving 3 kids in hot car while in court

YADKINVILLE, NC  –  A man was arrested after police say he left three children inside a hot car while he was in court, according to a news release from Yadkinville police.

Brandon Lee Lewis, 34, of Hamptonville, is charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

On July 14, Yadkin County deputies at the courthouse were approached by a child who said he was waiting for his dad in the car and it was too hot.

A deputy accompanied the child back to the car and found two other children in the vehicle soaked in sweat.

Lewis was located in the courthouse in a traffic courtroom.  He told Yadkinville police that his air conditioner was working earlier that morning.

Yadkinville police took Lewis into custody and he was placed under a $1,500 secured bond.

The children, ages 10, 9 and 3, did not need medical attention.

Yadkin County deputies gave the children some water and a cool place to wait in the courthouse until their mom could come pick them up.

Technology To Remember Your Child

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Hot Vehicles Are Not Babysitters, SET A TASK!!!!

Vehicular Heat Stroke Claims Second Child
In 2017

A Child was lost in January, and this second was February 28, 2017,  in front of a daycare where his half-sister has worked for the last six months, in Brandon, Florida.

People point fingers to Law Makers, Car Manufacturers, and even mobile phone app developers.

I knew a lot of people text while driving, but I wanted to make a point here, so I checked out how many states have texting laws.

Currently, 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers.

ATTENTION!!!!
SMART PHONES DO MORE THAN TEXT

I can’t imagine anyone walking in front of a bus while texting or playing a game.

NOW HEAR THIS, all smart phones have an app, which is called CALENDAR, or one closely associated which handles your to-do list, or TASKS.

Tasks are really no different than texts, and I know everyone knows how to text.  I log over 1500 texts every month, but up until last summer when Blair Corbett, Ark of Hope for Children, and I were talking about this very thing, I had never set a TASK in my phone.

OK, your wife asks you to drop the baby off at “Mother’s Day Out” on your way to work tomorrow, which is 8:30am, because you clock-in at 9:00am sharp;

  1. Set Task in your phone to “Drop The Baby at Mother’s Day Out” for the proper date and time. (Make sure the NOTIFICATION is ON.)
  2. No matter where you are, when that alarm goes off, HIT THE SLEEPER, now you are probably saying “How do I hit the sleeper if I am driving”.  You use voice commands, OR you wait until you stop, or you pull into a 7-11 and park, kill your engine, select “SNOOZE”, buckle up, fire the motor back up and drive, because you have 5 minutes until SNOOZE.
  3. Continue to hit snooze until the Baby is safely at Mother’s Day Out, and you are back in your vehicle, ready to finish the drive to work.
  4. Now you can hit dismiss, and put a check mark in the little box, because the Baby is safely at Mother’s Day Out.

I can’t imagine anyone forgetting one of their Children.

Speaking of that, this is a very good article on the subject:

What kind of person leaves a child in a hot car to die?

 

Justice Is Served For Winston

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Winston, 4, was left unattended in a motor vehicle, and had signs of physical abuse also.

Co-defendant in Elmore Child Abuse case
convicted

Montgomery, AL  –  The co-defendant in a high profile Elmore County child abuse case has been convicted in Florida.

Scott. T. Hicks, 39, of Wetumpka, was convicted in a Bay County, Florida courtroom on Wednesday, the Panama City News Herald reports.  District Attorney Randall Houston confirmed the convictions.  His office and the district attorney’s office in Bay County, Florida have worked closely together on the cases, he said.

A jury took about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon to convict Hicks of aggravated child abuse, two counts of child neglect causing great bodily harm and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, according to the News Herald. Hicks is set for sentencing on Dec. 2, and could face a maximum of life in prison, the newspaper reports.

Local officials will be watching his sentencing closely, Houston said.

“It looks like they did a great job in presenting the case,” Houston said.  “We worked very closely together, sharing evidence. Prosecutors from their office were in Wetumpka when Hallee McLeod was sentenced last month.

“If he is sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Florida, we will likely not prosecute on our local charges.  My view is, if he gets a stiff enough punishment down there, let Florida pay for his upkeep in prison.”

McLeod, 29 and also of Wetumpka, is the mother of the then 4-year-old child who is the victim in the case.  She was sentenced in October to 20 years, the maximum punishment, on aggravated child abuse and chemical endangerment of a child charges.

THE MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER
Mother pleads guilty in Elmore Child Abuse case

Hicks, McLeod’s boyfriend, has been indicted on the same charges in Elmore County, courthouse records show.  Hicks is not the boy’s father, Houston said.

In the wake of the case, Houston spearheaded the passage of “Winston’s Law” named after the victim.  The law increased the penalty for aggravated child abuse cases involving a victim under 6-years-old to a Class A felony with a punishment range of 20 to 99 years to life in prison.

Winston, now 6, has made a “remarkable,” recovery, Houston said.

The case goes back to Sept. of 2015 when Winston was found unresponsive in the back of a car parked at the Bay County, Florida courthouse in Panama City, Fla.  Deputies found the child as Hicks was clearing up some unrelated charges there.  The child was found to be dehydrated and suffering from physical abuse.

An investigation by the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office found the abuse occurred in Elmore County.  At the time, Sheriff Bill Franklin called the case “… the worst I have ever seen.”