Man accused of leaving child in car to watch movie pleads not guilty

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  • Anonymous
    Aug. 6, 2008 9:51 p.m.

    A simple and straight forward case of child neglect and abuse--what moral human being would think otherwise. This is the problem when inmature 'adults' bring children into this world. Surely, the dad has the intellect of an infant himself to even consider the notion of leaving a child of any age in a locked car while they PLAYED...incrediblely sad reflection of selfish, self-centered motives. And just where was the mom on this fine evening???? Hopefully this baby boy will not be subjected to his dad presence again...next time the boy might not be so fortunate.

  • WHERE
    Aug. 6, 2008 9:25 p.m.

    was the mother? Was she at work and the father supposed to be caring for his child? Some Dad!

    The immaturity of some people amazes me, but when you factor in the fact that substance abuse is rampant, many cases of child neglect and abuse can be traced to that.

    Used to be, back in the dark ages when I was young, it was a shame to have a baby you couldn't care for. Now, after fifty years of paying people's expenses to produce children, the least responsible people have them. The more responsible, middle class, hard-working parents can hardly afford to have a baby. If they have insurance, for which they pay through the nose, the 20% not paid by the insurance now costs MORE than it used to cost to pay the whole delivery. So--more less-educated and poorly-functional people having babies. Fewer responsible ones doing so. Doesn't speak well for the future of society.

  • kanaka818
    Aug. 6, 2008 9:18 p.m.

    My parents adopted two young brothers that were taken from their mother because of "neglect". One of the complaints against her was that she often left them alone in her car while she was drinking in bars.

    These unfortunate events scarred them for the rest of their lives. They were never able to accept nor give love and did not trust anyone. They neglected their own spouses and children and have never had sustainable relationships nor employment.

    This kind of "neglect" abuse goes far beyond any prospects of immediate danger to the child.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 6, 2008 9:16 p.m.

    I wouldn't vote this guy as father of the year. Many of the same folks who decry government interference in parenting, seem to think there a role for government, in parenting.

    I don't think an adult should ever hit a child. There are parents who want the right to inflect any degree of punishment they deem is right on their children. After seeing children abused the state intervened.

    There are parents who hate thinking that a teacher seeing marks on a student has to turn the parent in to government.

    We have a man who did his version of parenting. Nothing bad happened to his kid. You think we need a government mandated codes of parental responsibilities?

    The reason California ended home schooling was to protect the child's right to a good education and the fact not all parents are educated enough to teach. Being teach earth is 10,000 years old won't get you in a university.

    I'm sure there are people who believe taking kids hunting exposes them to danger.

  • Brian in Tremonton
    Aug. 6, 2008 8:58 p.m.

    I was appalled when I first heard this story and lo and behold, I am even MORE appaled at his "not guilty" plea! This dude not only has NO conscience, but he has NO BRAINS! People like this dude should not be allowed to reproduce...

  • A mom
    Aug. 6, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    If he can pay to go to a movie, he can pay to get a babysitter. If not, he could have gone to the movie on a night when he didn't have his son around. The child was in danger. He's 2. No 2 year-old is capable of being alone like that. This man is a lousy parent. He did abuse the child. No there are no marks but there never are in the worst kinds of abuse, are there. What he did was WRONG. Morally wrong, yes. If not legally wrong, then it should be and that's our fault as a society. But he was WRONG.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 6, 2008 8:10 p.m.

    He put his kid in danger. He was in a situation in which he could had been hurt. It's like leaving your child next to a pool without the life vest. Yes, he was not drowning but he was in danger! And he did it in purpose! He may be no suffering of heat, but lock doors are not secure at all. This is the same situation as those children (including a 3 week old) were left at their home alone and dear mom went to a party. Same situation. It IS child abuse. The situation of leaving a child alone, in a car with locked doors, IS mental abuse for the . By the way, did the police check if the kid was drugged??

  • To Not guilty:
    Aug. 6, 2008 7:09 p.m.

    True that it was at midnight and the car was cool. But is that the only danger here? What if the child was kidnapped? What if he started to choke on something? A million things could have happened to this kid. The heat factor is just one of them. The only sad part is that they are only giving him a misdemeanor.

  • Dave in Midvale
    Aug. 6, 2008 6:40 p.m.

    To "Not guilty plea is correct"-

    You are probably right to an extent, but I believe prosecutors will show that the child WAS in danger because he was left unattended in the car. There may even be a case for some form of abandonment.

    Needless to say (Why does everyone say this and then go ahead and say it?), if you've heard this guys rantings on YouTube, you'd know this kid is in for some very rocky parental direction from this doe head.

    There is also an angle to motivation here as well. . . the fact that he chose not to take the child into the movie theater, because he might start crying; the father would have had to stand up and walk him around to get him to stop crying and maybe even go out of the auditorium (he'd miss some of the movie). HE IS SO LAZY THAT HE PUT HIS SON IN HARMS WAY BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT TO BE BOTHERED. What the heck is the rest of this childs life going to be like anyway???

  • Not guilty plea is correct
    Aug. 6, 2008 6:03 p.m.

    The father plead not quilty because the child abuse law statute will describe abuse as inflicting injury, depriving the child, no physical force or marks on the child, etc. He will claim that the child was not injured, was not in any immediate danger (child was found asleep, at midnight, in a cool car), the child was reasonably protected in a locked car, the child was not deprived of food, drink, or any necessities. He will show that the child was asleep the entire time and that there was no present danger or "abuse" taking place. He may actually win this case, folks. And I might agree with him. It was stupid, but abuse? I think not.

  • JCS
    Aug. 6, 2008 5:22 p.m.

    He what?! So he thinks what he did was okay? Let's all hope he is kept from the child until he is old enough to defend himself. That's just plain foul.

    Makes you wish we had to go to parenting classes before having children.

  • to m.
    Aug. 6, 2008 4:58 p.m.

    the father's priorities are... Me, me,me,me,me.......

  • Unvelievable!
    Aug. 6, 2008 4:58 p.m.

    Here we go again!!

    We now have laws that make it a felony to abuse a dog, but nothing of the kind as far as leaving a child unattended in a vehicle... we sure know what's most important to Utah law makers... the family pet, but not the family's children.

    Simply appalling that Henry's Law gets passed long before a felony law is even thought about for vehicle/child abandenment, too often resulting in death of a child.

    Simply appalling!

  • m
    Aug. 6, 2008 4:57 p.m.

    How can this father (I use the term very loosly) claim he is not guilty. His child deserves better.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 6, 2008 4:42 p.m.

    His priorities are screwed up. He is pleading not guilty; just puts his son through that much more pain. When this thing goes to trial his son will have to testify against him, because he (the father) has the right to be faced by his accuser (the 2-year-old). He needs to be a man, plead guilty, and spare his son from further pain and suffering. What he did was wrong. Dont make the child pay for your mistakes anymore than he already has.

  • Apparently,
    Aug. 6, 2008 4:43 p.m.

    along with leaving his child in the car, he left his brains, his sense, his decency and his ability to take responsibility.

  • more details please...
    Aug. 6, 2008 4:41 p.m.

    So, what time was the movie? What was the temp. inside the car and outside. It doesn't excuse what this man did, but still, more information would be VERY helpful.

  • M. Allred
    Aug. 6, 2008 3:57 p.m.

    And the father's priorities are.... Me, Dark Knight and maybe, just maybe, my child.