Mother Not Charged For Leaving Kids In Car

A Mercer County teacher will not face charges for allegedly leaving her children in her car all day while she worked.

According to the Danville Advocate-Messenger, a grand jury decided not to indict Kristy Drakeford.

Police never filed charges against her, but prosecutors went ahead with the case anyway after a wanton-endangerment investigation.

Officials say the children, a two-year-old and a four-month-old, were in the car for more than six hours last month before a bus driver saw them.


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  • by Tiffany Location: Montgomery County on Apr 30, 2007 at 07:01 PM
    I guess that this goes to show why Ky was voted so poorly in the safety department with Children HUH!!! This is the craziest thing that I have ever heard. What is going to happen to these poor children the next time that she forgets them in the car. What if they where to die from the heat? Is she still going to be set free? Mothers like her do not deserve to have children. We all need to just pray for the safety of these poor babies.
  • by sarcastically me Location: corbin on Apr 28, 2007 at 12:24 PM
    lets all pat this woman on the back! and give great big KUDOS to the police department and the intelligent jurors who set this woman free so that she can continue to "foget" her children, that she gave birth to, in her car. maybe she will "forget" them again now that the weather is getting warmer. i dont know which would be a quicker less painful death..dying from heat or dying from freezing to death. i say lock up the busdriver that found the kids. what right did that person have sticking their nose into that teacher's car! shame on you! now realistically, i hope and pray every day that those 2 children are alright. throw the book at this woman and the jurors that set her free. they are accomplances to a crime!
  • by anonymous Location: ky on Apr 27, 2007 at 08:45 AM
    if the children had been kidnapped they may be better off in the long run
  • by WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!! Location: Paris, KY on Apr 27, 2007 at 06:50 AM
    Andy from Frankfort...Yes, there are still true christians out there and I'm one of them. You say she has learned from her mistake? What makes you think she will not be scattered brain and forget them again? I don't see how anyone could forget to drop their children off before going to work. If people are too self absorbed then they need not to have children!!! Yes, she made a mistake and a big mistake it was. She should have been punished just like all the others that have committed the same CRIME, YES I said CRIME the crime being CHILD ABUSE. She just didn't leave a bag of groceries in the back seat it was her RESPONSIBILITY she left in the back seat for 6 hours!!!! Also, she should have been fired as a teacher. If she cannot care for her own children I would not want her to be responsible for my children.
  • by mel Location: lex on Apr 27, 2007 at 05:11 AM
    MISTAKE, ACCIDENT, no way!! "Could happen to anyone"?? I don't think so. Anyone who is calling this a mistake or accident needs to think about what those things are and reaize that wanton endangerment is NOT a little mistake. Endangering 2 babies is not the same as forgetting to pick up the drycleaning. But let's not judge anybody, let's just keep making excuses for crimes by saying "it could happen to anybody". Then maybe it will?
  • by Patrick Location: Lexington on Apr 27, 2007 at 12:48 AM
    Ok so to leave a child in the car is ok. what if you were to place the parent in the oven and turn it on 450 degrees, is that too ok? i doubt very seiously, however seems as if the courts want to turn harsh punishment on people for their stupid mistakes, yet to do a harsh crima and get a finger nail broke as punishment, well that is fine with the courts. it is about time that the judicial system be rehauled and start with strict punishments. wake up politicians and do your job as you are elected. Stop with the special treatment and punish them all for the crimes they do.
  • by Annie Location: Ky on Apr 26, 2007 at 07:49 PM
    I can understand forgetting a book or maybe even forgetting your purse or your lunch. But to forget your children? I have taken care of many children and presently take care of three, cook for them, do laundry, and clean house, plus take care of my own husband and son and all of their needs, plus am a full time college student, but I have never forgotten a child! No matter how busy you are or how many things are on your mind, how could you forget not one, but two of your children in a hot care for six hours. If the bus driver had not discovered them, how much longer would they have remained in that hot car? If I had done this, they would put me away forever and I would never see the light of day again. I don't understand!!
  • by Somebody Location: Pikeville on Apr 26, 2007 at 07:28 PM
    Why didn't they indict her and why didn't the police file charges? Did they take her children away? I will assume probably not if she got by with leaving them in the car. Sounds like to me somebody needs to look into how things are being handled in that county.
  • by pat Location: wolfe co on Apr 26, 2007 at 06:31 PM
    BOO 2 Andy From Frankfort .What R U Family . The Children Life Was At Stake Here. We Are Supposed To Take Care Of Them. Not Put There Life In Danger. I Feel So Bad For The Children Who Know What Might Happen Now ,It May Be To Late For Them Next Time.
  • by pat Location: campton on Apr 26, 2007 at 06:14 PM
    Why not, Is all I can say. She is know better then any body else. I don't under stand why something wasn't done. Just give A slap on the back and let her do it again....Those CHILDREN may not be so luck next time.This is A joke ,The Grand Jury needs there head screwed on right....

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