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Source: Parents left children in hot car while in divorce court

Posted July 8, 2011

— Police arrested a Raleigh couple Friday on charges they left their three sons, ages 2, 4 and 6, inside a closed car for more than an hour as the temperature climbed to 87 degrees.

Sources at the Wake County Courthouse said Rodney Hodge, 23, and Angela M. Diljak, 25, were inside working on their divorce proceedings while their children waited in the car.

Hodge and Diljak, both of 1512 Montrose St., are scheduled to return to court Aug. 10 to face charges of misdemeanor child abuse. 

The three children were in the custody of relatives after Friday's arrest. Both parents remained in jail on $10,000 bond.


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  • CherryDarling Jul 11, 2011

    My biggest problem, aside from the obvious, is that this is considered a misdemeanor...

  • MudLife Jul 8, 2011

    good they should be locked up. I wouldn't even leave an animal in the car with the windows down let alone children with the windows up. If you can handle your 3 children while in court get a babysitter or take them with you. Some people should not be called parents.

  • vdpruett Jul 8, 2011

    It is sad that some here think it is somehow the government's responsibility to provide people with services to raise their children, but then question on what authority the government has to tell us how to raise them. Children are the responsibility SOLELY of the parent. The government does not have a right to tell us how to raise them, neither does it have an obligation to help us do the raising. I sympathize with those who find it difficult to obtain child care, but a court date isn't an hour beforehand kind of notice. Generally you set a date well in advance. These two have no excuse and therefore deserve to be exactly where they are. Furthermore, thanks to the many news stories currently circulating about small children being abducted, raped, and killed...I have to wonder what kind of mother did not consider the possibility that she exposed her children to that kind of risk leaving them alone in a car in downtown, next to the courthouse where (duh) there is nothing BUT criminals.

  • rpd911 Jul 8, 2011

    tiggerfreak--Regardless of what's going on in their lives there is absolutely NO reason a child should be left in a shut up or locked car for any period of time in the heat like this. Maybe you should go out to your car on a 90 degree day after the car was in the sun and shut the door, don't turn it on, just sit in it for a bit. Odds are you won't be able to stand more than a few minutes before having to get out or crank up the AC. It may be only 87 or 90 outside, but inside the temperatures climb dramatically. The kids are roasted over a period of time like in a low temp oven. After a period of time your organs shut down or are damaged if they are able to be removed from the car. You'll sweat until you can't anymore and then you bake. If you haven't seen a child that has died in a car like this and what they look like after several hours then don't make comments defending people for doing this.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 8, 2011

    RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman....
    Didn't read all of the posts did ya. lol. here another one, wonder......
    Sure hope them kids get a decent break in life. It's the goverments fault.... Bless their hearts.

  • princessnise Jul 8, 2011

    tiggerfreak0687 - so you're saying there are valid excuses for leaving a child unattended in a sweltering car???

  • tiggerfreak0687 Jul 8, 2011

    all of you people are judgemential people who really need to find a better hobby then to bad mouth other people and how they parent.You dont even know the whole story and yet you can say that people dont deserve to have their kids. Who are you to judge someone and how they should be treated!!!!!!!! so all of you need to grow up and stop judging other people and what they do if you dont even know anything about those people and what ever maybe going in their lifes.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 8, 2011

    RebelYell - "It's the court house fault. If they would let them take the kids in this would not of happen. The courts should provide baby sitting for these people when they have to go to court. You can't expect the grand parents or day care, or neighbor to do this."

    First of all, a court house is not a safe place for a child, some are hardly safe places for adults.

    Secondly, a court house didn't force them to have children nor did it force them to need the services of a court house for whatever reason.

    Thirdly, there once was a program at the Wake County Court House called Court House Kids that was run by the YWCA. It was funded by grants and by attorneys who pledged to help fund it, then didn't, so it went under.

    The bottom line is, there are relatives caring for these kids NOW, where were these relatives THEN?

    You decide to have children, they're YOUR responsibility to care for correctly and lawfully, not everyone or anyone else's.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 8, 2011

    You can't expect the grand parents or day care, or neighbor to do this.

    marinewife101... Don't tell no one.
    LOL, ya'll killing me here. I know this is serious, the kids could been seriously harmed. I certainly hope they were not. I'm still waiting on the other posting...

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 8, 2011

    Part of their sentence should be a requirement to attend a set number of parenting classes, with the stipulation to go back to jail if they miss even one session.