A Rapid City woman faces felony child abuse charges for leaving her child in her vehicle in the heat for two hours:
Brendyn Medina is the public information officer for the Rapid City Police Department. He says Officers responded to a call at 640 Floorman St Monday morning.
Medina says the child may have been in the car for more than two hours and was in a state of distress when the officer arrived.
He says the child was sweating profusely and the officer broke one of the truck’s windows and removed them.
After the child was removed they were immediately provided water and a medical unit was dispatched to take them to Rapid City Regional Hospital [David Scott, “Rapid City Woman Arrested After Leaving Child in Vehicle,” SDPB Radio, 2019.06.04].
Facing no felony child abuse charges yet is the Trump Administration, which left some children in vans in the Texas heat for 39 hours:
Under the blistering Texas sun last July, 37 migrant children boarded vans for what was supposed to be a 30-minute ride….
But when the children, all between 5 and 12 years old, arrived at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s adults-only Port Isabel Detention Center, rather than seeing their parents, they saw a parking lot full of vans just like theirs, with children from other facilities who, just like them, were waiting to be processed and reunified with their parents.
It was 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Not until 39 hours later — after two nights in a van — did the last child step out of a van to be reunited. Most spent at least 23 hours in the vehicles.
…”To now learn that children as young as five years old were left in vans for more than 24 hours is simply indefensible,” said [Rep. Greg] Walden [R-OR]. “I support enforcement of our nation’s borders, but … I strongly believe that children should not be separated from their parents. Period. And those separated should be cared for as if they were our own children until they are reunified with their parents. This is not who we are as Americans” [Jacob Soboroff and Julie Ainsley, “Botched Family Reunifications Left Migrant Children Waiting in Vans Overnight,” NBC News, 2019.06.03].
The Rapid City Police Department (via SDPB) says that “if anyone encounters a child or animal left inside a vehicle, and is concerned for their wellbeing, they should immediately notify the police who will send an officer to evaluate the situation and take steps to safeguard them.” Maybe we should send the Rapid City PD to protect kids from Trump’s border child abusers.
Leaving children in hot cars—that’s an impeachable offense, isn’t it?