Woman Charged After Leaving Seven Children All Under the Age of Five Unattended in Hot Car While Shopping

May 11, 2019

7 kids left in hot car, 4-year-old used cell phone to call 911

On May 10, 2019, at approximately 1:05 p.m., Charles County 911 received a call from a child indicating he and six other children were inside a car unattended and hot.

The child was not sure where they were, but through GPS and other mechanisms, the call-taker was able to pinpoint the location of the vehicle to the St. Charles Towne Center and officers were directed to the scene.

When deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office arrived, they found seven children inside the passenger car with the windows rolled up and the car not running. The oldest child was 4-years-old and the youngest was 2-years-old. Officers helped the children out of the vehicle and Charles County Fire/EMS provided treatment on the scene. The driver of the car, a 37-year-old woman, arrived at her vehicle about ten minutes later.

Through investigation, officers were able to determine she had been inside the mall for at least twenty minutes shopping. The woman, who is the mother of two of the children and babysitting the others, was charged with confinement of children inside a motor vehicle.

Officers conferred with the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office and additional charges are pending.

The Department of Social Services responded and are assisting in this investigation.

Due to the nature of the crime and to protect the victims, the name of the woman is not being released at this time.

As a reminder, it is against the law to leave a child under the age of eight unattended inside a motor vehicle if the caregiver is out of sight of the child unless a reliable person at least 13-years-old remains with the child. It is also dangerous to leave anyone, including pets, inside a motor vehicle especially as outside temperatures become warmer.  The temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to extremely high and even fatal levels in a short period of time.

24 Responses to Woman Charged After Leaving Seven Children All Under the Age of Five Unattended in Hot Car While Shopping

  1. Anonymous on May 11, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Thank goodness the child called 911!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous on May 11, 2019 at 10:26 am


    • Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 6:38 am

      Yes – but remember where we are.

  3. Rob Stark on May 11, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Reveal her name…she deserves to be shamed for being an irresponsible mother/babysitter

  4. Walt Kawolski on May 11, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Hell, I wouldn’t leave an 8 year old in a car unattended.
    She was gone 30 minutes,and aside from the heat, it only takes some sicko a few minutes to abduct a child. How would that be lady? Come back to an empty car and you don’t have a damn clue where your kids are. Maybe that’s your problem, you don’t have a damn clue.
    That little 4 year old boy has a clue, good for him, smart little young man. Maybe you should ask him what to do from now on.

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Well written sir…

    • Anonymous on May 14, 2019 at 11:22 am

      or all 7 kids cooked like a thanksgiving turkey.

  5. Anonymous on May 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Guess her babysitting sitting days are over

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 11:55 am

      .and her mothering. Let’s hope.

  6. Anonymous #13 on May 11, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks to modern technology (cell phone and GPS) these children were rescued. Very good the 4-year-old knew how to dial 911. However, a Neanderthal mother is really too stupid to have custody of her own two kids, let alone 5 others. Lock her in an oven and turn on the heat. SMH.

  7. Anonymous on May 11, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    It is unfortunate that gone are the days when you couldn’t lock a child inside a car, just like gone are the days when you can effortlessly find a payphone. This is absolutely one of those laws that you shouldn’t be expected to know about. The library is severely underutilized. Just because there are signs at the library is not enough. This is one of those laws that you can’t figure out, no litmus test.

    • Kelly in LP on May 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      What???? I think someone needs to utilize the library a little more… for obvious reasons.

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 6:40 am

      Are you skipping your meds again?

    • Huh? on May 13, 2019 at 8:05 am

      WTF are you trying to say? Is this really bad sarcasm? Are you just a moron trying to make a point but your own incoherent rambling got in the way?

    • Seriously??? on May 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

      What the hell are you trying to say?? The grammar is okay but the content is very unclear. who is talking about a library?? And for the record – there shouldn’t NEED to be a law saying you can’t leave small children in an unlocked car unattended in over 80 degree temps in a crowded parking lot in a questionable part of town with one car seat for 7 kids!!! Anyone who thinks any piece of this is okay should not even be allowed to own pets!!

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      Do you know why it is a law? Because idiots like this think I is okay to leave 7 kids under 5 unattended in a car for 30 to 40 minutes. What is unfortunate is that people like her exist and create a need for laws like this. These kids do not deserve to be put in this situation due to her lack of common sense and parenting skills.

    • Really on May 14, 2019 at 8:40 am

      It is called common sense. you don’t need a book or library to figure this one out. SMH

    • Idiots^^ on May 15, 2019 at 6:11 pm

      He’s trolling you idiots and you all took the bait.

  8. Anonymous on May 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Mother of the year!

  9. K on May 11, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Shopping huh? It’s such a shame, I hope cps gets involved with her 2 children and more charges are filed! I also hope the parents of the kids she was babysitting press charges as wellI don’t give a @&$# about if it was only “20mins”. And to the parents whose kids she was “babysitting”, you might want to get an actual babysitter and not a baby bull$&@##er. I hope there are no long term effects on their health.

  10. Truthteller on May 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Sad thing is they will undoubtedly get in trouble and punished and or beaten by mama when all said and done

  11. Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 6:47 am

    If you can’t handle your child care responsibilities, then shopping has to wait.

    You can’t leave your children ANYWHERE unattended, IDIOT!

    WTF is wrong with you?

    Why does the government or “law” have to teach you what common sense should have instilled in your pea-brain already?

  12. Chris on May 13, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Wrong on all levels, but you can’t even crack a window? Almost sounds to me like she wanted them to die.

  13. Anon on May 15, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Another International News story from the Southern Maryland. Stay Classy Southern Maryland.