3-Year-Old Girl in Critical Condition After Found in Hot Car

Full story: WJW Fox 8 Cleveland

Investigators say a two-year-old girl and her sister, who wandered into a hot car late Thursday, were supposed to be supervised by the girls' 12-year-old cousin and her 13-year-old friend.
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This is sickening. That poor child. I know it wasn't intentional but I cannot get past the fact that these children were left with a 12 & 13 year old. Children that age get caught up in their own interests and few are responsible enough to care for two toddlers. I know the grandfather is devastated, but have to wonder what the hell he was thinking to not check on them for 2 hours. Good God! I really hope this other baby makes it. What a sad horror story!
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alot of 12 and 13 yr olds aren't mature enough to stay by themselves let alone be left in charge on not 1 BUT 2 toddlers....These poor babies.
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People should not be so quick to judge. It was a horrific accident.
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Kathy wrote:
People should not be so quick to judge. It was a horrific accident.
I agree. Do not be so quick to judge....
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I agree. Do not be so quick to judge...
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It isn't a quick judgement to know toddler's need to be supervised constantly!! 2 hours without checking on a child is total neglect I don't care who you are. It takes a matter of seconds for a child that young to do something which can be fatal!!

The 12 and 13 year old need to be supervised as well! If the parent's did want the children to be babysitter's they should have sent them to a babysitting class. One of the very min. things they could have learned is never leave a child that young unsupervised. These classes are available at a very low cost and could have saved these young children's lives.

What is more important than taking care of our children????
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Aug 14, 2010
 
jbd612 wrote:
It isn't a quick judgement to know toddler's need to be supervised constantly!! 2 hours without checking on a child is total neglect I don't care who you are. It takes a matter of seconds for a child that young to do something which can be fatal!!
The 12 and 13 year old need to be supervised as well! If the parent's did want the children to be babysitter's they should have sent them to a babysitting class. One of the very min. things they could have learned is never leave a child that young unsupervised. These classes are available at a very low cost and could have saved these young children's lives.
What is more important than taking care of our children????
I believe the classes are free through The Red Cross. Are there any updates on the 3 yr old?
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Aug 14, 2010
 
Kim wrote:
alot of 12 and 13 yr olds aren't mature enough to stay by themselves let alone be left in charge on not 1 BUT 2 toddlers....These poor babies.
When I was in HS, a long time ago, I used to work in the babyfold, during Sunday church services. I remember one particular Sunday, when I was the only person in the fold with 12 infants/toddlers. I couldn't leave to go for help, because the babies would have been left alone. Did you ever try feeding, burping, and changing 12 at one time? I needed roller skates. No one got suffered, and I am still alive. After that little experience, I made sure to have someone in there with me.
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Aug 14, 2010
 
I was 8 when I started babysitting my siblings, ages 5, 4 and 1. Never more than 8 hours at a time, depended on my mothers and stepfathers work schedules.
Changed diapers, fed and got them to bed if it was during the week.
Did this till I got my first job at 12 and my younger brother was old enough to do it at 9.
Not all 12-yo are irresponsible, just think how many 10-yo in Cuyahoga will be babysitting tomorrow?
Heck, it's only been a few generations since kids worked in the sweatshops.

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I grieve for that mother :( i also have a 2 and 3 year old ,both little girls and my heart sank when i heard this story. I totally agree that "children" should not be depended on to supervise babies that small. So sad, i hope the 3 year old makes it through..
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Aug 15, 2010
 
I agree. Not all 12-year-olds are irresponsible. I went out with my girlfriend and an 11-year-old was watching her 4 kids, ages ranging from 6 months to 7 years.

During our time out a tornado hit the area. This 11-year-old babysitter had the sense to take the kids, the phone, and a flashlight to the basement. Once secured in the basement, the babysitter called the mother to let her know that they were safe.

I would have had this child watch my children any day and trust that my kids would be safe when I came home.

It is a case by case decision and the parent has to make that judgement call as to whether or not the teen is responsible enough to watch over young children. Some teens are more responsible than some parents are.
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Yes, it has to be a case by case basis. Every child matures mentally at their own rate. Some are far more mature than others the same age. I believe a lot of it has to do with how they are raised by their parents.
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If the Grandfather was there too which he was. Why do you all blame the girls babysitting? Isn't the adult in charge?

This whole thing was a terrible tragedy and I feel sorry for all involved and after the fact should of would of could of is easy.
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Aug 16, 2010
 
they say the 12 and 13 year olds were sup to be watching these toddlers. what theay failed to tell the news was that these 12 and 13 year old girls were busy with plans of their own that day so yhe toddlers were left with their grandfather that day the 12 and 13 year olds were not even there that day.i know this beacuse i am the father of the 13 year old girl that they are sup talking about and she is very upset about the outcumb of this tragic day!!!!
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Aug 16, 2010
 
the girls had nothing to do with this!!!!
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Aug 16, 2010
 
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concerned father, the grandfather's 911 call said more than once he had "babysitters". The sheriff's department said it was two girls, 12 and 13. The public doesn't know the name of those two girls but maybe those close to the family does. At any rate, there were two girls, whether your daughter was one of them or not.

You can listen to the 911 call here:

http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2010/0...

My sympathy to the family.
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Aug 17, 2010
 
I think that the 911 call where the grandfather says "they" were babysitters, is a load of crap to save his own a$$. I think he was the one that was supposed to be watching all of them. To lay this on a couple teen agers is outrageous. He keeps referring to them as "babysitters", but one of them is related. The call only reveals that his primary concern at that moment was himself.
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Aug 17, 2010
 
The latest report says that the babysitters were watching the kids in the living room, took their eyes off them, and shortly thereafter, found them missing, notified the grandfather, and after a presumed search themselves, he called 911. It took an additional 45 minutes to find the children.

If the grandfather was working on something in the home or out in the yard, I can see him getting babysitters to help out with the toddlers.
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Aug 18, 2010
 
2 hours is NOT a "short time"!

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