As if hot car deaths of children wasn't currently an extremely touchy subject given all the deaths attributed to the negligence (mostly) phenomenon, but a Louisiana mother of two faces deseertion charges after she left her children inside a baking car unattended while she went and attended to another matter -- performing oral sex on her boyfriend in a nearby car.
Huffington Post reported July 29 that Calcasieu Parish deputies found a woman by the unlikely name of Princess Marks in a car pleasuring her boyfriend orally. Police had been notified when an unidentified caller reported there were two children alone in a car in a Lake Charles, La., store's parking lot. The time: Just after midnight. Upon arrival the two deputies found Marks nearby. She had left her children, ages 5 and 7, in her car while she moved to a second vehicle, one occupied by her boyfriend.
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kim Myers (per 107Jamz.com), the woman admitted she couldn't see her car from her boyfriend's vehicle (most likely for more than the obvious reason of having her head in her boyfriend's lap). She also, by extension, could not see her children. The deputies arrested her.
She was later charged with child desertion and released on a $5,000 bond.
There is no indication that the boyfriend was charged in the incident.
The two children were unharmed. But Princess Marks has been at least temporarily relieved of her motherly duties, according to Myers, and the children were placed in the care of family members.
Marks luckily avoided further charges, because leaving her children unattended could very well have ended in tragedy. Thus far, 2014 has seen 19 hot car deaths nationwide, all attributable to heat stroke. According to data compiled by San Francisco State University meteorology lecturer Jan Null, 625 children have died in hot cars since 1998. There were 44 hot car deaths in 2013.
The latest hot car death was reported just this week in southern California. On Wednesday, July 30, a 3-year-old boy died after crawling into an unlocked car and getting trapped inside, KABC in Los Angeles reported. Los Angeles Police do not suspect foul play in the matter but are investgating.
But Princess Marks' alleged act of negligence is just the latest in a series of negligent acts that test the envelope of irresponsibility. According to CBS New York, back in June a nanny on Long Island was arrested after she left a 3-year-old girl in a locked van while she went into a Target and allegedly shoplifted. In May, according to WLKY in Louisville, Ky, a woman left her two children, ages 2 and 3, in a hot car while she got a Brazilian wax.
Fortunately, none of the three children involved were harmed.