It must be time for the Worst Parent of the Year awards, because these particular parents were certainly out to get a medal. A couple were arrested in San Bernardino, California after someone noticed something odd inside their car trunk. The person called police. Cops came to check it out and asked the mom to open the trunk. She reportedly hesitated but then flipped it. And there. In the trunk. Were. TWO CHILDREN. And, yes, they belonged to her. Grrr .....
It all started when April and Richard Burgo went through a drive-through at a restaurant. Apparently they must have popped the trunk for a moment because a witness saw a child in the trunk and called 911. Cops found the car after it left the restaurant and pulled it over.
Reportedly, cops could smell booze a mile away. The allegedly inebriated couple were in the car with another adult. The mom was driving. When asked to open the trunk, that's when cops made their alarming discovery. Inside were a 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, both crying.
It breaks my heart to think of what these poor kids were feeling and knowing their (allegedly) blotto parents had put them in the freaking trunk! Police believe everyone was aware the children were there. That this wasn't some kind of accident.
I don't think these parents deserve another chance at parenthood. If it was a deliberate act, it is one of the cruelest I can think of.
The children are now under the care of a relative. It really boggles my mind why some people have kids. And to think child-free people are judged for not having them??!!
Thanks must go out to the person whose eagle-eye saw the child earlier. And who was caring enough to call 911. A lot of people might have doubted what they saw. Or assumed it was some kind of game.
Get involved. Keep vigilant. Not everyone is taking care of their kids. Some are being downright tortured. You have every right to call the police. Even if it turns out to be nothing, you did the right thing.
Have you ever seen anything that made you call 911 on a parent?
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