Laurel Grand Jury Gets Toddler Death Case Monday

LONDON — A Laurel County grand jury will consider Monday whether to indict a woman whose 21/2-year-old grandson was found dead Friday in a locked vehicle, London police said.

Linda Long of Corbin was charged with reckless homicide, said London Police Lt. Stewart Walker. Officials at the Laurel County jail said Long has been released.

Long, who works at St. Joseph Hospital in London, had left Madison Nose inside a Suzuki SUV in a parking lot near the hospital. The child was left in the back seat of the vehicle all day. Temperatures were in the low 80s Friday in London.

Laurel County Coroner Douglas Bowling said Nose died of hyperthermia.

Reckless homicide is a class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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  • by ky mom Location: corbin on Oct 20, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    I know this family. This grandmother doesn't deserve anything cruel and harsh. There were other things that day that she forgot. Isn't it punishment enough that she has to live with this the rest of her life. Besides who are we to judge. Isn't that up to God?
  • by Gary Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 14, 2008 at 08:52 PM
    A loving father accidentally shots his 8 yr old at a birthday party AND that is just an accident with NO CHARGES filed. I do not see the public trying to hang him, but the loving grandmother that accidentally left her grandson in the car is already tried, judged, and sentenced by non-Christians that sit in church every Sunday and scream AMEN the loudest!
  • by Gloria Location: Mercer County on Oct 14, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    I have become completely numb from the hateful unchristian remarks by TOO many false profits. God will judge you, too, as you have judged this loving grandmother.
  • by michelle Location: mccreary county,ky on Oct 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    I think it is wrong to leave a child in a vehicle. You would think if she put her purse in the back seat that she would notice she forgot to drop him off.
  • by charlie Location: Lexington on Oct 13, 2008 at 06:51 PM
    This crime happens way to often. No matter how good the person is they have to protect these precious babies. This must be treated as a crime and Mrs. Long as a criminal. She should be punished to the fullist extent of the law.
  • by KY mom Location: KY on Oct 13, 2008 at 06:24 PM
    This is a tragedy and I am sorry for this family and their tragic loss. The truth is that this happens everyday. Not to abusive parents, not to irresponsible parents, and not to people who don't take care of their kids. No, it happens to lawyers, doctors, teachers, preachers, etc. I understand how many of you feel- how could someone possibly to this? More times than not, it is purely accidental. Judge if you will, but believe that there will come a day when you will make a mistake. No, it may not result in the death of your child, but how many people do you know that have left their child at the store, the park, outside, etc.? I guarantee that every one of you know someone that you are friends with, if not yourself, that have had this happen. It might have made for conversation at dinner or seemed like no big deal at the time, but the truth is that it is the same thing. I hope that God can ease this family's pain as I know what they are going through first hand.
  • by JusticePrevails Location: Lexington on Oct 13, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    I'm sorry, but we all have to pay for our mistakes. If I "accidentally" ran someone down with my car because I was talking on my cell phone (or drunk), it was a mistake no doubt (I didn't mean to), but I would have to pay for this mistake in jail. This lady deserves the same. Mistakes caused by carelessness that cause harm or death to another should be punished. We can't just say "oops, it was an accident" and she get out of it...if that were the case there would be more "accidents" that happen because people would know they could get away with it. Don't like your ex-wife, then run her over when she goes to her mailbox. Neighbor giving you trouble? Then "accidentally" be cleaning your gun and let the muzzle point to them working in their yard. "Hey, it was an accident! You can't jail me for it!" GIVE ME A BREAK! If your careless actions cause harm or death to another, expect to pay the price for your actions (or inaction in this lady's case). That's how justice works.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Oct 13, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    I agree with John completely. I don't know these people, but I am sure all of them, the grandmother included are devastated by this and will never get over it. The good part is that we have a loving God who can comfort them in their loss, and in His time, heal the hurt. I think we should be praying for them and stop condemning this woman. People are human and make mistakes, however tragic they may be.
  • by gail Location: frenchburg on Oct 13, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    I am a grandmother of three precious babies. I don't have them every day and do not take them anywhere on a daily basis. But, I most certainly have never got so caught up in my own thoughts that I have ever forgotten them for one moment. I am constantly checking my review mirror looking at them and that I feel is especially because I am NOT use to them being there. So for anyone especially ONE Mother, Father, Aunt, Uncle, Grandpa, Grandma etc to say they got distracted and forgot because it isn't normal for them to do this is unforgivable and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! I agree what ever the sentence it will not be satisfactory as it will never bring this child back. It would haunt me to my dying day to be the cause of one of my grandchildrens death! Maybe that will be the excess punishment she will receive.
  • by Kylady Location: Ky on Oct 12, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    You know that baby suffered... he was in that hot vehicle for 9 long hot hours.Even if he was asleep when she got out and went in to work, he eventually got so hot it woke him up.I'm with Jessica- lock her up in a hot car with no way out,with nothing to drink and let her see how it feels to be tortured the way this baby was done. I'm sorry for the parents.If my mom did this to my child,I'd want her to suffer the way my baby suffered-to be quiet honest. This woman,along with any other 'person' that has done this/will do this to a child who gets to have free meals,free medical and a free place to sleep for 10 to 20 years is not 'punishment' in my opinion. Why not give them some real punishment...some of what they gave to their victim?I find it disgusting that someone can go ALL day and for hours on in and not ONCE think of the child they supposedly love that they left in a hot vehicle.How does this happen,Grandma?Whatever your sentence,it wont be harsh enough. I hope you have nightmares!!
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