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Zebulon man accused of leaving his children in hot vehicle

Posted June 25, 2014

— A 28-year-old Zebulon man was arrested and charged Wednesday with child abuse after police said he left his three children in a hot vehicle that was not running.

Terrance Antonio Ford, of 14306 U.S. Highway 264, faces three counts of misdemeanor child abuse. Ford is accused of leaving the children - ages 6, 5 and an infant - inside a 2001 Chevrolet minivan in a parking lot at 6216 Glenwood Avenue, police said.

The temperature inside the vehicle was over 100 degrees, an arrest warrant said.

Marie Greene was in the parking lot when the children were rescued.

"I noticed they had a baby seat out on the ground and that's the first thing that popped in my head, that someone had left a kid in a car as hot as it is," she said. "Unbelievable somebody would still do that in this day and time."

A similar incident happened in a Fayetteville parking lot Wednesday afternoon. Officials said the child in that vehicle is okay.

Experts say the temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes - even with the windows cracked.

"A kid's body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than adults," said Dr. Andy Jakubowicz, an emergency physician at WakeMed. "So they absorb more heat. They produce more heat. And they also don't sweat as efficiently as adults do."

Ford was released  from jail after posting a $2,000 bond.

The children are in the custody of a family member, police said.


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  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jun 27, 2014
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    If I see a child of animal in a parked car, first thing to happen is to break out the windows...then call authorities. I'll take the chance.

  • Sara Hauser Jun 26, 2014
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    what could possibly have been so important that he leaves 3 defenseless children in a hot car all alone?? heartless!!

  • VickLo Jun 26, 2014

    So it costs $2000.00 to be an ignorant imbecile who gets to go home, have dinner and is free of the babysitting too!


  • Sherrill Craig Jun 26, 2014
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    "Terrance Antonio Ford, of 14306 U.S. Highway 264, faces three counts of misdemeanor child abuse".

    This may have been updated to include the third count.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jun 26, 2014

    5 comments? If he had left dogs in the car there would be 150 comments of how people should have torn off the doors to free them.

  • puzzled Jun 26, 2014

    The article says the children are with a family member.

  • ohbumr Jun 26, 2014

    some people should have to pass a test to be able to reproduce.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    I wouldn't be too sure of that. There have been many children put back into negligent and even dangerous situations by DHHS and court systems throughout the US.

  • Donald Holder Jun 25, 2014
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    I can pretty much assure you that the kids are not with him and will not be back with him until at least after July 15.

  • Donald Holder Jun 25, 2014
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    Why only 2 counts if there were 3 children?