Toddler Left in Freezing Cold Car for Stomach-Turning Amount of Time

carToday, in horrifying news, a toddler was left in a freezing cold car for -- wait for it -- eight hours while her yahoo of a mother allegedly gambled at a Baltimore casino. The 4-year-old girl was found shivering and hungry, and the mother, thankfully, has been placed in jail. The girl is currently in the care of a relative, who, god willing, won't be so cruel and stupid as to do such a thing.

I know lugging your kid in and out of the car to the store or, in this case, the casino is a pain in the butt when it's super cold out, but for the love of god, you don't leave a child to freeze for the sake of convenience!

Every summer, we hear stories about children, usually toddlers, being hospitalized or, worse, dying, due to being left in the car. And then, when winter rolls around, we hear the same thing. A simple rule of thumb is: Don't leave your child in your car -- ever. Not in the summer. Not in the winter. Not in the spring. Not in the fall. Ever. It's just a bad idea.

I'm fully aware of the inconveniences that come with taking your child in and out of the car seat -- particularly when it's freezing out and nine million layers of clothing, hats, boots, and gloves are involved. It's a task. But if you think it's a good idea to leave your child in the turned-off car for hours on end while you gamble, well, maybe you shouldn't be a parent to begin with.

Glad this poor girl is okay, and if her mother is found guilty, let's hope she gets to permanently stay in the care of someone who will go through the trouble of taking her out of her car seat and bring her inside to wherever they're going -- even if it is a casino.

Have you ever left your child in the car?


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Vanessa Fasanella

I'm going to go ahead and guess that this is not the first time she has done this. Addicts do crazy stuff like this all the time.

adamat34 adamat34

I think eveyone has done this, but for nothing more than grabbing a gallon of milk at rhe circle K. What the hell is wrong with people???

This poor child. Sadly, the mother will regain custody and do it again...like vanessa said...its a pattern with addicts. Sad.

nonmember avatar Charm

Nope!! NEVER have. Not to get milk^^^. not to pay for gas. not for anything. It's just not worth the risk.

Antho... Anthonys_mommy1

Never leave kids in the car. For any reason. Its just plain STUPID

Krystian Kaufold

No adam I HAVE NEVER EVER done this, not to pay for gas, not to get a gallon of milk, not to run back in and grab my wallet, NOTHING. If I need to run back in the house and I am alone, then ALL THREE of my children, including the twins who are in infant seats GET OUT OF THE CAR and go get what I need. The only time my children are left in the car are if some one else is sitting in the car with them. 


I don't leave them alone even if they are sleeping, that is such a lameo excuse and a lazy ass excuse.....


be a damn parent and take your fucking children out of the damn car and carry them inside!!!! It will not kill them if they get woken up...suck it up if they don't get a nap that day, not the worse that could happen. 

Jespren Jespren

It's not 'plain stupid' orf 'risky' or anything other than NORMAL to leave kids in the car for a few minutes to pay gas, drop a library book off, etc. But there is a huge difference between a child left alone for a few minutes, which until extrememly recently was a normal and expectede part of *every* childhood and leaving a kid confined in the heat/cold for *hours*. One of these things is not like the other.

Krystian Kaufold

Jespren 


NO IT'S NOT NORMAL TO LEAVE KIDS IN THE CAR FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME.......


Maybe back in the 50s it was, but not anymore. 

eleph... elephantmamaof2

Horrfying. I agree with above, this probably isn't the first time she's done this. And EIGHT hours at a casino? I'd say she definitely has an addiction as well. Hopefully that poor baby is in the right hands!

nonmember avatar Melissa

@Krystian Kaufold...where is your shrine so that I may worship you? I mean, since you are holier than thou??? No I have never left my kid in the car IN PUBLIC...but to grab something out of the room attached to the garage with the car running??? HELL YES I HAVE...please take a chill pill dear, kthanksbye

Krystian Kaufold

Nope, I am not holier than thou....


But I don't leave kids in the car for no reason...don't car how attached your house is to the garage.

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