Baby Dies in Hot Car While Her Parents Are Driving

hot temperatureHow many times have you read about babies dying in hot cars because they were forgotten by a parent, left in a parked vehicle? Well, that's not what you're about to read. Oh, a baby died -- tragically -- in a hot car. But Hannah Randolph, the 23-day-old daughter of Angela and Christopher Randolph, wasn't left behind. Her parents were there, the whole time. And the car? It was running.

According to police, the Randolph family was on a road trip from Ohio to Oklahoma with their two children, ages 23 days and 15 months. They were out on the open road when Hannah, the younger of their two children, died in her car seat, likely from the heat.

Don't think you'd be the parent who forgot their kid in a car? What about the parent whose kid wasn't forgotten?

Police in Oklahoma have arrested Angela and Christopher Randolph in the death of little Hannah. They've charged them both with felony neglect.

According to the cops, the Randolphs were driving their kids in a '90s Grand Am that had no air conditioning and only one window that opened. An autopsy is still pending, but the charges are based on the suspicion that the baby girl died of heat exhaustion because it was 100 degrees outside. The family says they pulled over at a convenience store and realized their daughter wasn't breathing. They called for help, but it was too late.

Did they neglect her? That's for the cops to determine, but I can't help but note that this could happen to nearly anyone.

How many parents have cars with no air conditioning because they just can't afford to get it fixed? I have no shame in saying I've been there. As for the windows, well, power windows are likewise expensive to fix.

Should they have known the baby was in danger? That's hard to say. If you, the adult, are uncomfortable, but making it, do you automatically think that the kids won't?

Maybe. Maybe not.

If nothing else, the story of what happened to Hannah Randolph should be a warning for parents, a reminder that just because you are OK, your baby may NOT be. They are much more fragile than we are, and they need accommodations much more than us, especially in the heat.

Does this story give you pause? Will you be changing anything?


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Caera Caera

They shouldn 't be charged. That's bullshit.

cmjaz cmjaz

I agree caera

miche... micheledo

Rear facing seats don'"t get much air in older cars, cars with poor air conditioning, or just open windows. Our van had no air one summer and we were traveling in 100 degree heat for a sick uncle and then his funeral. It was miserable and the kids rear facing were even more.miserable. We had to stop every hour to refill water, sit in shade somewhere, or get some ice cream. Those were some long trips.

My heart goes out to these parents. They were probably just thankful the kids were not upset fro mdealing with the heat, not aware that the one was doing so poorly. So sad. They should have been more aware, but if parents who forget their children aen't charged, then these two shouldn't be.

shell3m shell3m

I try not to drive anywhere during the day because my pathfinder doesn't have air and the two back windows won't go down.  Unless i can drive in the early morning, I just won't go anywhere and I'll keep my boys inside.  They should have gone at another time instead of heading out in weather like that.  How could you NOT know it's hot as hell in a car with hardly any air coming through it.  What morons.  They should be charged. 

miche... micheledo

Ohh-kay. Just read the link . This couple was being investigated for neglect when they decided to move. The car is described as hot and cluttered. I wonder if baby was surrounded by stuff and absolutely no air got to the baby? Just speculation on my part, but it sounds like a lot more is going on.

As this Stir.article is wrotten, I don't think they should be charged, but . . .

lovem... lovemyson1224

If it is as cut and dry as this post makes ot sound they should not be charged.

nonmember avatar krystal

Why is this writer trying to make the parents seem like victims, read the real article. These are shitty parents who lost custody of two o they 4 kid already and are working on they're 3rd cps case. I am sure they weren't arrested only over this.

Karen Phillips Light

really my van does not have air but the back windows come out some i don't see how this happened. on a separate note why are you taking a baby so young on a rode trip your not supposed to leave home with a new born for a few weeks. ill be praying for this family though i could not imagine being in their shoes.

nonmember avatar Angel

Power windows cost maaaybe $50 to fix, if it's just the motor. Which it likely was. It's something pretty much anyone could do at home. The AC, of course, is another story. But are you seriously telling me they could afford to drive across the country but not to fix a window or two? Meanwhile, they'd ALREADY previously lost custody of two children. Hmmmm. Gee.

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