Grandmother Charged After Child Dies In Hot Car

A child has been found dead in a hot car, reportedly left inside for about 9 hours.

London police say the two-year-old boy was in the car all day on Friday outside St. Joseph Hospital in London.

Police say the child's grandmother works at the hospital and forgot the boy was in the car.

The grandmother, Linda Long, is charged with reckless homicide.


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  • by John on Nov 1, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    I noticed a couple of you said, "She just forgot". How in the heck do you just forget a two year old child in the car. What priority is more sacred than that child? What could have been on this womans mind that was so important that she forgot this child and caused its death. She is directly and totally responsible and should be held accountable. I have as much compassion for anyone, but I have no compassion for stupidity in any form, and this is one heck of an example of stupidity at its highest form. No doubt she will greive herself to death for this , but maybe she should.
  • by Don't understand Location: LONDON on Oct 19, 2008 at 02:04 PM
    If the grandmother never had the child in the morning,like this day, then how could she forget him being in there? If I had a child with me one day that was never with me, that would be the only thing on my mind... bless his little soul....
  • by Crystal Location: Corbin,KY on Oct 14, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    I don't see how you forget a baby I have a 1 yr old daughter and the first thing I do after getting out of the car is grab her. Small children depend on us the adults. It doesn't matter if it was an accident or not she should be punished she caused the death of this child.
  • by marly Location: ky on Oct 12, 2008 at 11:25 PM
    I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CAN FORGET TO TAKE A CHILD TO THE DAYCARE EVEN IF IT IS OUT OF YOUR NORMAL DAILY ROUTINE. I MEAN AFTER ALL SHE DID REMEMBER TO PUT THE CHILD IN THE CAR, SO WHEN SHE GOT INTO THE CAR HER FIRST THOUGHT SHOULD HAVE BEEN GOT TO GO TO THE DAYCARE AND THEN WORK. PLUS IF IT WASN'T HER NORMAL ROUTINE SHE WOULD HAD TO HAVE LEFT HOME EARLY TO DROP HIM OFF. SO WHEN SHE ARRIVED TO WORK EARLY WHY DID SHE NOT THINK, "HEY MADISON'S STILL IN THE CAR" ?
  • by melinda Location: mount sterling on Oct 12, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    they shouldn't have to invent something for you NOT TO FORGET YOUR KIDS!!!! this is so stupid, if your life is that hectic, you need to set your priorities, sure i know everyone gets busy, but come on, to forget a child. i don't buy it and i know its a tragedy, the prosecutor needs to do his job to the extent of the law, anyone that could do something like this needs to pay, what is this world coming to when you have to have an alarm to remember your child.I ASK EVERYONE PLEASE LOOK AROUND AND LETS PULL TOGETHER AND STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING!!!!!!!!! this child died for nothing, because his granny was busy. my heart breaks for this child and the family.........
  • by Beth Location: Houston, TX on Oct 12, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    Several have commented that there needs to be a device to alert parents/care-givers... there is-its called BABY ALERT.. look it up!!! It works!! There are states right now putting this into law that you have to have a device for children under 5yrs of age so that this NEVER happens to a child again.. One child is too many!!! get it-use it-give it as a gift but get it out & tell everyone so this does not happen again!!! BABY ALERT INTERNATIONAL!!!
  • by Sonya Location: Cincinnati,Ohio on Oct 12, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    This is very sad. There has been two cases like this in Cincinnati and neither Mother was NOT charged because our "Prosecutor" Joe Deters claims that there was not enough evidence to prove that they left the child in the car intentionally...So I feel that this grandmother was charged properly and should be sentenced accordingly. Accident or not, thats doesnt mean you dont have consequences for you actions and thats what our prosecuter is teaching here in Hamilton County, I believe thats why it continues to happens here in Cincinnati. If you can Google child left in hot car-Cincinnati and read the stories, chilling how one of the 911 tapes the Mothers says. "I cant believe the babysitter didnt even call me". I mean come on lady, your child is stiff and not moving and thats all you can think to say/do.How about getting the baby out of the car...the babysitter responsibility starts when you DROP OFF the child. AGAIN she wasn’t charged.
  • by William Location: seky on Oct 12, 2008 at 12:28 AM
    Someone needs to invent something that sounds a alarm in cars like a little ekg monitor that comes in baby car seats that counts babys heart beats and respirations and temperature and in the event a child heart stops it sounds a very loud alarm from the car and opens the doors automatically. it could be done ...Its time for kids and youth to start study in tech schools to make devices like this....a wrist ban or something for a child.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2008 at 12:26 AM
    I agree with several points...It could have been out of routine and the lady could of been stressed and simply forgot. I honestly don't think I would have forgotten my child But think about how many times you have forgotten things, the coffee pot, hair dryer, stopping at day care. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family and especially the grandmother, I am sure she is struggling with this and we all need to pray for the entire family instead of condemning them...Everyone makes mistakes, that is how we learn. I am not saying this was a good thing but GOD has a plan for all of us!!!! Please think before you start condemining this woman.
  • by ss Location: eastern on Oct 11, 2008 at 11:26 PM
    i say the best thing would be let her sit in jail and think about it untill about july then lock her a$% up in a car for at least two times as long as she left this baby in the car

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