Mother of the Year Locks Her Children in a Hot Car to Go Shopping

Mother of the Year Locks Her Children in a Hot Car to Go Shopping August 16, 2018


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.

If bystanders see a child in a car unattended, they should 911 to allow law enforcement to handle the situation. In the state of Louisiana, officers that respond and rescue trapped children do not face criminal charges of any kind. There are no laws protecting bystanders.

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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  • igotbanned999

    You know what would be a good idea? An air conditioner that works while the car is off.

  • Jim Jones

    > Hopefully, the Good Samaritan’s that helped the children will not face any criminal charges.

    In law, there’s a defense of necessity. It’s hard to see how saving the lives of small children would not meet the standard.

  • Jim Jones

    Unfortunately you’d need to leave the motor running.

  • igotbanned999

    I mean one that wouldn’t require that.

  • Jim Jones

    How? Unless it’s an all electric car.

  • igotbanned999

    I’ll leave the ‘how’ to the inventors.

  • Jim Jones

    To run a moderate A/C needs about 2 HP/1500 W.

    From 12 volts that’s about 120 amps. Can’t get that from a car battery for more than a few seconds.

  • Samantha Vimes

    Danger to human life is a solid defense for violating the law to help.

  • JedRothwell

    Actually, I have a car battery inverter that produces 1.2 kW for a while from a cat battery. Not sure how long, but it is probably 10 or 20 minutes. I run it with a Prius that turns on and off as needed to keep the battery charged. I think it goes on every 10 minutes or so. (It is connected to the small starter battery, not the traction battery which is under the back seat. The traction battery could run an air conditioner for about an hour.)
    However, basically you are correct. A car battery is not intended to run an air conditioner, and it cannot do that for long.

  • Jim Jones

    Also car batteries aren’t deep cycle batteries.