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Some People Just Don’t Deserve To Be Parents…

And that my sound harsh but really, what was this mother thinking??

Vereeniging – A woman was arrested at a shopping centre in Vereeniging on Thursday after paramedics had to break the window of her black BMW to rescue two severely dehydrated children.

The incident happened in the parking area of the River Square shopping centre.

According to reports she hit a policeman with her fist when she saw that the window had been broken.

She’d been away from the car for more than half-an-hour, a witness said.

The BMW was parked in the sun at about 14:00, said the witness, who added that there had been four children in the car.

The 34-year-old apparently opened the one window slightly before going shopping with the two older children.

“She left the little ones in the car,” the witness said.

The youngest of the two is a 6-month-old baby, while the other one is younger that two.

“It was very hot,” said the witness.

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The temperature was said to have been close to 35°C.

A car guard called police and Netcare 911.

“The children were exhausted from crying. They were soaking wet. Everything in the car was wet.

“So I broke the window and took them out of the car. They had to have oxygen at the hospital,” said Netcare paramedic Mary-Ann Rautenbach.

She says especially a baby can dehydrate very quickly.

“That’s why I broke the window.”

The one child didn’t even open her eyes, said Rautenbach.

The Vereeniging police’s Captain Shadow Mashobane said the woman would be charged with neglect, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

According to research it takes only 15 minutes for a black car to heat up from 37 °C to 64 °C, and can reach up to 88 °C.

The California air resources board has done research into black cars standing in the sun. They found that on average a white car is 4.6 °C cooler than a black car.

In addition they found that a black car reflects 5% of the sun’s rays, compared to a white car which reflects 50%.

How can a mother do that? I won’t even leave my dogs in the car, never mind my child! Who leaves a 6 month old and an under 2 year old alone? *period* Aside from the health hazards and the danger of death by leaving one’s children locked alone in a car, we live in the 21st century, in South Africa FFS! We have one of the worst crime rates in the world and the highest incidence of crime again children! Why why why would you lave you babies alone in a car in a car park? The list of potential dangers is endless. How stupid/cruel/neglectful of a parent must you be to even THINK about doing something like this???

I hope that our justice system does not fail these these children! I hope that this clearly incompetent, stupid woman gets what she deserves!

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13 Comments

  • Reply Roz

    I am speechless. No words. Unbelievable that anyone could do this.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Sian

    Some people are just useless!!!

    December 9, 2011 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Charlotte

    This has happend to me @ Tygervalley shopping centre When I was in Matrix. I was having a smoke in the parking garage and heard a baby crying. I walked around for 5 min trying to figure out where it was coming from. Finally I spotted the car with the child in it. About a year old. The window was open far enough for me to force my arm in and unlock the door. . I stood around waiting for about 5 min. Took the baby out and went to security. 30min later a mom came in to the office hysterical about her child is missing and she left the child in the car for 2 min to go and pay the parking ticket. I don’t know what happend after that. Security told me they will handle it and thanked me and I could go. The freaked out on me for stealing her child. Little chinese girl.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Charlotte

    PS: These parents should be arrested and locked up and the children should be taken away. No excuse is ever acceptable for leaving your young child in the car!

    December 9, 2011 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Kimmie

    Couldn’t agree with you more Sharon!

    December 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply catluvagp

    I went cold when I read this story, the sad thing is this woman has 4 kids she obviously does not deserve – I wonder what her husband thinks.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Kitty8218

    Makes one mad and so sick. How selfish! Don’t have kids if you gonna do that! They have absolutely no idea how lucky they are! I trust she will be dealt with accordingly. Perhaps some jail time will give her something to reflect upon!

    December 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply TJ

    She really is a stupid woman! Even though we sometimes wish we could leave our child in the car – we never do because we do realise the risks involved. I hope those 2 babies get out unscathed and in better care!

    December 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply To Love Bella

    This has happened once or twice at the Grand West Casino too – their security guards are very vigilant about checking cars (I waited in the car while Travers paid our ticket, and was asked to either drive away or go back into the centre!). One lot of kids that were left in the car at GW were fast asleep in their PJ’s and had blankets over them because it was past midnight…. parents obviously felt the need for a ‘dobbel’ and dragged the poor kids along.
    Honestly, I just DON’T get the “mentality” behind how some people think doing things like this is totally and acceptable. How do they justify it?

    December 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply marina1605

    Oh my word, this angers me beyond words. How much more irresponsible can a person be?

    December 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Laura

    It really is a sad story BUT thank goodness for the car guard 🙁

    I have left my kids in the car BUT not when they were small – only started recently and then I park at the door of the petrol station shop and run it. I wouldnt leave them while I did my monthly grocery shop :-/

    December 13, 2011 at 10:24 am
  • Reply adesolaf

    Very very sad and rather unfortunate. Worse still she is said to have punched a police officer for breaking her window – how dare he break the window to rescue the children that she left in the scorching heat!!!! My sis goes to school in that part of town and she is forever complaining about the extreme weather. Wonder what excuse she would give for her action

    December 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Amber

    so terribly sad 🙁

    December 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm
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