The dog days of summer are upon us and temperatures are heating up. Temperatures around the country are high, and right now parents need to be extra careful with their kids. With that said, The Times-Picayune reports a woman in Louisana decided on Sunday to leave her 11-month and 3-year-old child in the car unattended. When a good Samaritan rescued the children, the mother physically attacked them.
Shawnise Sherman, 22, arrived at a strip mall around noon on Sunday. The temperature outside was 91 degrees. However, the heat index made it fell like 99 degrees. Because Shawnise is a super responsible parent, she decided the kids needed to stay in the car while she shopped. Shawnee took her parenting skills to the next level by making sure to keep the windows rolled up nice and tight.
Around 1:30 pm, a bystander noticed the children in the car. Next, the bystander sought help from another individual. Together the two adults successfully removed the children from the vehicle.
Now, this is where things get a little bit extra crazy. Shawnise realized her kids had been freed from the car. She approached the bystanders. Instead of thanking the adults for saving her children from dying from heat stroke, Shawnise decided the adults needed a butt whooping.
Around the time of the physical assault, one of the bystanders decided to call the police. When police arrived, Shawnise was arrested for child desertion and battery.
Thankfully, the children were not injured. Paramedics treated the children at the scene and released them to family members. There are no updates on the status of the children.
The story of Shawnise is a cautionary tale about what not to do in parenting. Don’t be a douchebag and leave children unattended in a car. 11 states in the country have laws against leaving children unattended in vehicles.
Louisiana prohibits parents from leaving a child under the age of six alone in a car. Children can only be unattended if parents are within 10 feet of the vehicle. According to the law, Shawnise faces a fine of $500 and up to 6 months in prison on each charge of child desertion.
Safe Kids Worldwide recommends that no child be left unattended in the car. Heat stroke is a typical result in summer months. Every ten days in the United States, a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. Within 10 minutes of a car being shut off the temperature inside can increase 19 degrees. Leaving a window cracked does not help reduce the heat.
Hopefully, the Good Samaritan’s that helped the children will not face any criminal charges. Those little ones are fortunate someone saw them and rescued them. The outcome could have been a lot worse for the kids.
Heat stroke kills. Don’t be a negligent parent like Shawnise.
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