New Castle, Pa. — Chico, one of the New Castle Police Department drug and patrol dogs, died Saturday after his fellow officer and handler reportedly left him for over two hours in the back of a locked police cruiser. The dog was found unresponsive in the car parked outside the station.
Chico, a 6-year old Dutch shepherd, had been with the police department since late 2009. The Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service reported that temperatures in New Castle on Saturday reached a high of 90 degrees. A local Veterinarian, Charlene Arendas, said, “I would never leave a dog in a car even with the windows cracked, once the temperatures reach 80 degrees.”
“When it’s close to 80 degrees, and you leave your dog in a car, you are putting it at risk.” added Arendas. Babies are okay, though. That was sarcasm, people… Sarcasm.
A police press release did not say whether the car was left running or if the air conditioner was on. The car was reported to be equipped with a fan and a system to open a rear window in hot weather.…Continue Reading
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Police have charged a couple with endangerment after they say the pair left their baby in the backseat of a hot car while they visited a strip club.
On Tuesday night, police responded to a call of a baby trapped in the backseat of a car in the parking lot of the Deja Vu strip club. There they found an infant covered in sweat in the backseat of a car. The heat index at the time was 91 degrees.
It was at that time the child’s mother, 43-year-old Laura Diprimo, came running out of the club, jumped in the car and rolled down the windows. The baby’s father, Thomas W. Lee, 28, walked out of the club shortly afterward, sporting an ankle bracelet he was ordered to wear while on home incarceration. The couple had been drinking inside the club for 10 to 15 minutes.
Police arrested the couple and charged them with wanton endangerment. A charge the couple are disputing. While in court, both denied they’d done anything wrong. Lee told the judge, “I would never do that to my baby boy, I love him.” And Diprimo said, “I am not guilty of this either…I did not leave my son in the car.”
This is the second charge of child neglect for Lee.…Continue Reading
LOUISVILLE, KY – I had already posted two stories in a row detailing mothers killing their kids, so I figured I was done with those for the day. But I just couldn’t pass this one up because it is a time-honored tradition here at D’D to welcome in summer with the start of kids being left to cook to death in cars by their brain-dead parents.
Police have arrested 28-year-old Mollie Shouse and charged her with murder after they say she left her 2-year-old son, Kenton Brown, in her car for several hours while the temperature outside climbed to the mid 80′s. On Saturday, Kenton Brown’s grandparents found him unresponsive inside his mother’s Toyota Corolla parked right outside Shouse’s apartment.
Neighbors say they were alerted something was wrong when they heard screams and found an older woman rolling around in the grass. That’s when they say Shouse came running out of her apartment in her underwear. One neighbor tried to revive the boy, but it was too late. The coroner said his cause of death was consistent with environmental hyperthermia.…Continue Reading
Orlando, FL – A woman who has an extensive history with DCF has lost custody of her three children after leaving them to bake in a vehicle while she visited with her boyfriend in jail. Paramedics and police were called to Orange County Corrections at about 10:00 a.m. after receiving information that the children, ages 3, 5 and 2-months, had been left unattended in the car. The temperature outside of the vehicle was 90° – the temp inside was in the triple digits. As paramedics were attending to the sweaty children, Psalmai Thompson came running out of the visitation center, asking, “Where’d she go? Where is she?” The “she” in question is one Cathlean Smith, a friend who was supposed to be sitting with the children. Well, not exactly sitting…Thompson said her friend was supposed to be parked next to the kids to watch them. “They was in another car. I had them meet me there. So they left while I was in,” she said. According to the arrest report, a deputy tried calling two numbers for the alleged friend and neither number worked.…Continue Reading
Florida Mother Charged With Child Neglect After Leaving Her Kid In Parked Car Outside Shopping CenterAugust 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm by Morbid
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - You would think that after the countless number of news reports regarding kids being left in hot cars, that people would learn. But then again the majority of people are idiots so I guess it’s not too surprising that we continue to post about parents leaving their young kids in hot cars. In Florida. During the summer. A woman walking through a shopping center parking lot noticed a screaming 1-year-old in a parked Ford Mustang with the windows up. Good Samaritans pulled the sweaty, pale and shaking child out of the car and went inside a beauty supply store to ask if the kid belonged to anyone. No one ‘fessed up so the police were called. When deputies arrived 22-year-old Chekeena Hall, the mother of the child, walked out of the beauty supply store. Deputies asked her why in the hell did you leave your kid in a car in 91-degree weather? She responded that she had forgot the child was there. She was arrested and charged with child neglect.…Continue Reading
MEDINA, Ohio — A teenage babysitter lost track of two toddlers on Thursday and now one is dead and her sister is fighting for her life. Police say 2-year-old Justina McCormick and 3-year-old Mary were being cared for by their grandfather, a cousin and a friend when the sisters slipped outside and climbed into a car parked in the driveway of their neighbor up the street. It was 40 minutes before anyone realized the two children were missing but once they did, the grandfather called 911 after not being able to locate them. The neighbor noticed her car door was open and found the two girls unconscious inside. The car had been parked in direct sunlight with the windows closed, temperatures outside had reached the 80s. Justina would die on the way to the hospital, Mary is still listed in critical condition. Police have sated they believe that the girls got into the car on their own accord and do not believe this is anything more than a tragic accident. Even so, Chief Deputy Kenneth Baca says authorities have yet to decide whether to pursue charges.…Continue Reading
ELEPHANT BUTTE, NM – A couple are in a bit of trouble after making the real bad decision of locking their three children in a small camper so they could jet ski for a couple hours. Destynie Defrates, 21, and Aaron Montoya, 23, now face child abuse charges after park rangers found their children, ages 1, 2 and 3, inside the mobile oven parked at Elephant Butte Lake. While their parents enjoyed the lake in the 98-degree temperatures, their three kids cooked inside a camper with no air-conditioning or water. Had it not been for the Good Samaritan who called 911 the kids would have likely died, according to park rangers who were too pissed to go on camera. After breaking a window to get to them, the children were taken to the hospital, treated for dehydration, then released into state custody. Their parents were taken to jail on three felony counts of child abuse with a cash-only bail set at $30,000. What’s up with spelling a kid’s name “Destynie”? That name ranks up there with “Bambi,” “Candy,” “Brandi,” and “Lexxxie” when trying to increase the chances of your daughter making a living naked on a pole (thanks for all the hard work you do, ladies), or in jail after turning her three kids into fish sticks.…Continue Reading
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Police in New Mexico say a 2-year-old girl left locked in a vehicle for over two hours has died. They say 27-year-old Stephanie Pinon arrived at the Indian Polytechnic Institute at around 9:30 a.m. with two children age 2 and 4. She took the the 4-year-old inside the building with her but left the 2-year-old girl in the parking lot, locked inside the minivan with the windows rolled up. She returned to the vehicle at 12:15 a.m. and discovered that two and a half hours at 130-degrees is about right if you want to marinade a child. She and others at the scene tried to provide aid, but by time emergency workers got there, the girl was purple and non-responsive. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead while the mother was taken in for questioning. “There’s a very distinct possibility that she will face charges of child abuse resulting in death for a case like this,” said Sgt. Mark Kmatz. Deputies said the Children, Youth and Families Department is also involved and in a big shocker, have had dealing with this woman in the past.…Continue Reading
St. Charles, MO- Around 12:15 p.m. Sunday, a guest at the Ameristar Casino called police to report that a car filled with animals was parked inside the casino’s parking garage. When police arrived, they found a Chevy Lumina packed with 25 cats in cages and 2 dogs. The inside of the car so messy, police could smell it before they saw it. Not only was the interior covered with animal feces, it was also cluttered with trash and cat food was strewn throughout. The outside temperature that afternoon was about 90 degrees, but according to Casino Security, the temperature typically runs about 7 to 8 degrees hotter inside the garage than the outside temp. The car windows were cracked open about 1 inch and the animals had been left to suffer in that hot, nasty car without any water. The officers found the owner of the vehicle, 39-year old Lori Ann Pellin about 2:15 p.m. in the casino hotel’s computer room. (Yes, the animals were still inside the vehicle for those 2 hours that they searched for her!) Pellin told detectives she was homeless after being evicted from her apartment three days prior and she had been living in her car.…Continue Reading
I realize I am something like 5 days late with the Daily Bite and I apologize. I was off having a worldwind romance with a rich, devastatingly handsome, independantly wealthy man who only has eyes for me. Ok. It was only in my dreams, but whatever. While I was off in la-la land, the asshats of the world continued to commit heinous crimes that should have earned them a place on our front page and maybe secured them a place in hell. I hope Satan is better at keeping up with his responsibilities than I am though.…Continue Reading
ROSENBERG, Texas - After visiting her mother with her husband and two toddlers, Sandra Mendoza, 20, returned home to their trailer in the Gegelskis Trailer Park at around 5am, went inside and then went to sleep. Neither parent realized they had left her two sons, a 1-year-old and 2-year-old, in their F-150 Ford pickup truck.…Continue Reading
GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Or at least that’s what Devin Scillian from Click On Detroit calls it. It was actually a car seat. 18-month old Alyssa died after being left in the family truck for 2-hours while it sat in the driveway of the family’s home.…Continue Reading
Courtni Lee Nichols and Faith Nichols
Clarksville, TN – It was hot in Tennessee on Tuesday, 94 degrees I believe. The kind of day where you just want to kick back with a few friends, knock back a few cold ones, and complain…not about the heat, but the humidity. That’s exactly what Courtni Nichols was doing at the Yes Deer Lounge…hanging out, socializing, and maybe getting a buzz on. No problem with that, right? Except for the fact that she left her 3 month-old daughter Faith outside in the car, alone, for 6 hours, to fry in the summer heat. …Continue Reading
Shavon Riva Higgins and Ruby Marie Bonds
Mobile, AL – It’s not that hard to figure out, people.Â You’re going to Wal-Mart, perhaps to buy all the pseudoephedrine the pharmacy will sell you.Â It’s ninety degrees outside.Â Do you:Â A.)Â take the kids with you to use as a diversion,Â B.) Take the kids with you and tell them to sit on the bench and stay put; or C.) leave them in the car in the parking lot in direct sunlight with the windows down a bit?Â Â Â If you guessed “C”, then you are probably Shavon Riva Higgins or Ruby Marie Bonds.Â ‘Cause that’s what they did on Saturday.Â …Continue Reading
Tucson, AZ - When you’re in a fight with your ex-girlfriend, it’s really best to try to remember to take the baby out of the car when you get home. That’s a lesson I bet Anthony Kurz, 19, wishes he had learned a few days sooner. Kurz and his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Womble, 18, had been fighting as he dropped her off at work on Monday afternoon.Â When he got home, Kurz noticed the door of their trailer was standing open and ran in to check on it – and promptly forgot about his five-month-old son, Adryan Vladimir Womble-Kurz. …Continue Reading