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Mother cited for leaving children unattended in running vehicle

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dyersburg Police cited a woman into court after she allegedly left two small children unattended in a running vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart.

The incident occurred on Saturday around 8:30 p.m. when a concerned passerby noticed two children inside a maroon Buick while their mother was inside Walmart on Lake Road in Dyersburg. The passerby called police and stated the car had been unattended for approximately 15 minutes. A police officer arrived and pulled over to the vehicle and made contact with the 34-year-old mother of the children, who were 1 and 7 years old. The mother reportedly told the officer she had gone inside to McDonald's to get the children some food and drinks. She stated she was inside "for just a minute" and had left the car running to keep the children warm. The officer informed her it was still unacceptable to leave the children alone in a running vehicle.

The mother stated to police she was having problems with family members and it was causing her to use bad judgment. Police cited the mother for leaving child unattended in motor vehicle. She is scheduled to appear in Dyersburg City Court on Friday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m.


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So you put ur precious babys in all the worst drangers b/c ur having trouble with family b*s !

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 9:14 AM

You know, did she use bad judgment, yes, of course she did, but , does everything nowadays have to involve a citation and a summons to court? I have zero respect for the police of today, and do not support them in any way and it is because of stuff like this. Years ago, GOOD police officers didn't do this type of crap. They understood the meaning of the phrase "to protect and SERVE". Now they are nothing more then bullies, pencil pushers for insurance companies, and a means for more money for city government. I am sure this matter could have easily been handled and a solution found without a citation and appearance in court but our officers are too stupid to find it.

-- Posted by liveshere on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 2:11 PM

Sounds like bullcrap to me too!!! Isn't there a DRIVE-THRU McDonalds less than a block from there??? Seems like that would have been a GREAT OPTION for a REAL mother. I'm sure there is more to this story. I sure hope our LAW ENFORCERS and CHILDREN'S PROTECTORS get to the bottom of it before they just brush it off!!!!

-- Posted by CaliBorn on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 2:13 PM

@ liveshere...you are right they could have done something other thatn issue a citation. They could have TAKEN HER TO JAIL! Which might be what she needed. In case you are confused over the law, it is a FELONY to leave your children unattended. I happen to believe it is a very good law made with very good reason.

-- Posted by CaliBorn on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 2:45 PM

She made a mistake, she knows it, but yes, why not just throw her in jail? How about lets throw everyone in jail for whatever mistake they might ever make for as long as they live, it's what they need right? Not everything requires a ticket and summons to court, mistakes are made, but unfortunately for us, our dpd is made of of barely high school graduates who care nothing about anything but tacking more crap to their "i love me" wall.

-- Posted by liveshere on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 3:01 PM

@ liveshere...yes mistakes are made. We all make them...myself I have made many. The mistakes that I learned the most from are mistakes that I have payed the most for. I also believe that some mistakes, we don't always get a second chance on. This could have very well been one of those mistakes. She was very lucky this time that nothing happened. This is not an issue about our law enforcement...SHE is the one who broke the law. They were doing their job. SHE clearly was not! I promise you if they wouldn't have issued her anything, and later something happened to those babies, everyone would be criticizing the police for not doing their job (saying they should have done something). Also, if she came out to her car and children gone...who do you think she would have called for help??? Our police??? Yeah probably so.

-- Posted by CaliBorn on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 3:19 PM

@liveshere...we have laws and we have jail for the lawbreakers. We don't just throw everybody in jail for "as long as they live" for "mistakes". That is why we have judges and jurys. On a sidenote: I don't think endangering your children in such a manner is just a "mistake" it is gross negligence. I am sure if someone robs you at gunpoint, I want to hear you tell the police (if you call them since they are so awful) that they "just made a mistake" and "no citation needed". I think not, because their job is to PROTECT and SERVE. Here is the thing...they are not here just to protect you they are here to protect innocent children too!!! That is what they did!

-- Posted by CaliBorn on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 3:25 PM

@ liveshere....also, I noticed you said "she was sorry" for her "mistake". Do you know her personally? Is that why you are mad at the police for doing their job? Because she is a friend/relative? Just curious because friends seem to stick with their people of their own way (maybe that's why you minimalize the situatuin as a "mistake" like it is no big deal) or maybe just a relative with a loyalty over justice mentality (seen many mother's like this, which is usually why their children act they way they do). If you don't know her, how do you know she is sorry?

-- Posted by CaliBorn on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 3:53 PM

This mother should have been home preparing her children a nutritious meal instead of leaving them unattended in a car with the engine running. The children are much too young and anything could have happened to them. The police did the right thing which was to abide by the law. Too bad the mother wasn't. Too many parents take the easy way by picking up junk food at McDonald's or elsewhere instead of properly nurturing their children because it requires WORK to be a good parent

-- Posted by realworld on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:48 PM

Yes It is VERY WRONG to leave your children unnatended expecially now when all of these crazy people are kidnapping and harming children. However, Nobody knows this woman's story, not you, me, or anyone for that matter. So who are you to judge her? She made a mistake and hopefully it is one that she doesn't make often. People make mistakes but they can't be judged by each and every one they make. I have children and I have never left them unattended especially not in a vehicle in public where someone could take them. What she did was wrong but who really knows her reasons behind why she did it?

-- Posted by FabMommy on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 12:32 AM

@FabMommy...I am not judging her. I am only saying this needs to be taken seriously. It could have turned out very different and those kids are lucky. You are right, we don't know her story. Good or bad, whatever her story is...needs to be found out by the authorities. Either way, you commit a crime...you have to pay for it.

-- Posted by CaliBorn on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 12:53 AM

Just a few hundred feet from Wal-Mart there is a drive-thru Wendy's and McDonald's. And A sonic is not too far from there. No excuse lady, although a citation seems a bit harsh.

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 10:57 AM

TCA Code 39-15-402 carries a possible Class B or Class A felony for aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment. Class A felonies can carry a penalty of not less than 15 no more than 60 years. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed $50,000.

TCA Code 55-10-803 (a) It is an offense for a person responsible for a child younger than seven (7) years of age to knowingly leave that child in a motor vehicle located on public property or while on the premises of any shopping center, trailer park, or any apartment house complex, or any other premises that is generally frequented by the public at large without being supervised in the motor vehicle by a person who is at least thirteen (13) years of age, if:

The conditions present a risk to the child's health or safety;

The engine of the motor vehicle is running; or

The keys to the motor vehicle are located anywhere inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

-- Posted by CaliBorn on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 11:20 AM

You self righteous b@$yards get a grip. She made a mistake luckily everything turned out ok...stop judging unless you walked in her shoes.

-- Posted by win2kadm on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 12:49 PM

@win2kadm....how is it judging or being self-righteous??? I am actually far from feeling that way. I am on the side of the kids and the law. I believe everyone is entitled to have "their side" of the story heard. That is why we have the court system. If this was an isolated event then it should be treated as such. If it was not, then it should be punished. I am not sure how that is self righteous or how it makes me a b@$yard, but hey I believe you are entitled to your opinion. However, I find it really ironic you don't seem to like others expressing their opinions. LOL

-- Posted by CaliBorn on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 2:59 PM

@caliborn your just a troll and I'm feeding you. Enjoy the last of my food the meal stops here.

-- Posted by win2kadm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 12:46 PM

CaliBorn, I totally agree with you!!! I was a single mother for many years. Not ONCE did I leave my young children unattended. What kind of excuse is the Walmart McDonalds when there is one a block down with a drive thru? They make these laws for a reason. Just because nothing bad happened this time doesn't mean that she should just get a slap on the wrist. Make her understand the seriousness of what she did so that she might not do it again.

-- Posted by hotpocket1971 on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 11:22 AM


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