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Child found in hot car home from hospital

Posted August 7, 2008

— Adrian Garcia went home from the hospital Wednesday.

The 3-year-old spent 40 minutes inside a hot car Tuesday afternoon before an aunt found him – sweaty and motionless.

Maria Valadez said her nephew was in and out of consciousness when emergency crews arrived at his home at 95 Webb Mill Road in Four Oaks.

If Adrian had been trapped in the car for much longer, paramedic Lisa Langston said, he could have died.

Valadez said Adrian got inside the car by himself and that his mother did not know he was in there.

A spokeswoman with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said the case was still being investigated, and that no charges have been filed.


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  • babbleon Aug 7, 2008

    I do not fault this mom for taking a nap! Yes, maybe she should have locked the car doors, but I never thought about it until this. There is no way she should be charged based on the limited information we have from the news article.

    Y'all need to get over criticizing a person that you know NOTHING about! Maybe she was tired from working 14hrs to pay rent and get food on the table. Maybe she was ill.

    I hope none of you ever has an accident and have to deal with ignorant, judgemental comments like these.

  • this is my Screen Name Aug 7, 2008

    How about just locking the car door when you're home? May take a couple seconds longer, but it avoids kids accidentally getting into the car like this, in addition to them putting it into neutral or even trying to drive it.

  • InhisName aka CaryCrazzy Aug 7, 2008

    StefanyJoy, agreed , After five minutes if your toddler is quite it means that there up to something and need your attention. I think charges should be an option, I think the mother should be to blame. Any word from CPS?

    Praying for the little champion for a fast recovering

  • iron fist Aug 7, 2008

    Everyone so quick to blame the mother, as I have said before you cannot watch them 24-7 40 minutes is along time but if she was asleep how would she know. someone posted you only sleep when the child is sleeping, what happens if the child wakes up?

  • validpoint Aug 7, 2008

    Simple case of child neglect.

  • Adelinthe Aug 7, 2008

    "Up north there are reports every year about kids who get outside in their jammies in the middle of the night and freeze to death."

    That's true, but I've never been able to understand how someone with children could sleep so soundly as to not hear them rummaging around.

    My step-daughter was a sleep walker. She got into some dangerous situations, once going to the backyard and trying to dive off the picnic table, like she was on a wooden dock.

    We were up so much with her, we finally had to put a slide lock on her door, and I hated it because I was afraid if there was a fire, we wouldn't be able to get to her to let her out.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Aug 7, 2008

    StefanyJoy - "If my three year old is quiet after five minutes, I go looking for whatever she's destroying."


    Usually was trying to tie the dog or cat's tail in a knot. Poor kittie!

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Aug 7, 2008

    "40 minutes is a long time to "NOT" look for a child."


    "Everyone with children sleeps at some point while the children are home"

    While the children are sleeping perhaps, but once the children are awake, the parents should be awake as well - and up and taking care of their children.

    I had 5 under the age of 4. They were with me all the time. When I went to the bathroom, they all sat down in a neat little line right outside the door and talked to me.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • aquamama Aug 7, 2008

    Up north there are reports every year about kids who get outside in their jammies in the middle of the night and freeze to death. Same thing, different season. I've caught my kids playing in my car in the raging heat before. Now I just leave the windows down when we're at home and keep nothing of value in it. Glad this kid is ok!

  • Cricket at the lake Aug 7, 2008

    Learn from others mistakes. My husband made locks from blocks of wood that swung down from the top of the frame and door that kept our son from ever getting out of the house. One of us was always "in charge". A few times he would turn up missing for a moment, despite our best efforts. Glad this little guy will be OK.