In August of 2012, two toddler siblings died in the back of a sweltering hot car. Their temperatures at the time of their death? The thermometer maxed out at 107. After the horrific incident, their mother, Samantha Harper, was charged with two counts each of murder and aggravated child abuse, as she reportedly left the kids in the car, because she wanted to take a nap.
Harper's trial is set for February -- when, hopefully, if convicted, she'll never see the light of day again -- but now new details have emerged on the positively horrific death of these two children: Child Protective Services had visited Harper's house at least twice, yet never took the kids away -- and wait until you see pictures of her home.
According to reports, "The children did not have beds and the walls in the room had food and feces smeared and splattered on them. When the children were found deceased they were found to have cuts on their hands and they were filthy." Harper's house has since been condemned due to its condition, and if you take one look at the photos of it, you will wonder how in god's green earth were the children living there never taken away? It's inconceivable to think that someone -- a professional or not -- could set foot in this filth, and then walk away, letting children continue to live there. This was as clear a sign as any that this mother was not fit to look after her kids. No mom's house is perfect, but this isn't a safe environment for children.
Apparently, Harper's story has changed a few times along the way. At first, she claimed that she placed her 2 and 3-year-old in the car and then went inside and accidentally fell asleep. She then said she didn't remember putting them in the car. But now she's admit that she does, in fact, remember putting them in the car. A relative of hers said that Harper never drove the car because it was broken.
I can't imagine this woman isn't going to be convicted, judging by the things she's said (who falls asleep after they put their kids in a "140 degree" car?!), and the state of her house. And if she is, let's hope she's given a jail cell as lovely as her home.
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What do you think an appropriate punishment for Harper is, if convicted?
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