Child Left in Hot Car, Mom Arrested

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Valdosta, GA -- August 9. 2011 --

The parents of 21-year-old Julianne Ingram says she's not a bad mother, she just didn't make the right decision.

They didn't want to be identified but wanted to speak up on her behalf.

"Julianne, she's a good mother. She's young but she's a good mother," said her father.

Valdosta Police say Sunday morning around 10:30, a woman heard the baby crying inside the car.

She told deputies in the jail. Ingram was arrested and charged with cruelty toward children.

Police say the baby was in the car unattended for 30 minutes.

They say the windows were down but the temperature outside was 90 degrees and the heat index was 105 degrees.

"If you want to give her a hard time because she made an error in judgment, that's fine she deserves that," said her father.

Ingram's parents say the baby was asleep when the mother left the car.

The couple says Ingram only ran into the jail to tell her boyfriend she couldn't be at visitation when she got held up inside.

"Should she have left my granddaughter in the car? No. She made a bad decision," Ingram's Father said.

Ingram's parents tell me bond was set for her at $2,500.

They say they're working to get her out of jail.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    I TOTALLY AGREE AS HOT AS IT HAS BEEN BEING SHE SHOULDN'T OF LET THE CHILD IN THE CAR UNATTENDED FOR 30 MIN. YEA SHE WAS NOT THINKING AT ALL!! WHAT KIND OF MOTHER WOULD DO THAT? I KNOW I WOULDN'T!!
  • by K on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    "None of us are perfect.." You don't have to be PERFECT to know not to leave your kid alone in a hot car!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    DeJesus, This just shows that we are serious about crime. Many other countries use other forms of punishment(canning, cutting off hands, stoning, etc) So yes we incarcerate a lot of people, but we hardly stone anyone anymore.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Yeah, I guess kids never rode in cars back in the 30s and 40s when there was no A/C in the car because they could have died if they were in the car longer than 30 mins. Some peoples houses with no A/C could easily be this hot! So what do you do with a kid then? Please tell me what people did with babies before A/C or even FANS were invented! Somehow our population survived...
  • by me Location: here on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    What happen to the old days when their was no car with ac. She should be in trouble for leaving a small child un-attended but as for a child being outside for 30 mins that's stupid. I guess kids aren't allowed to play outside in the summer anymore( oh yeah If orgot we have video game and obesity at an all time high now. Like I said the child being outside was FINE(it had plenty of air(the windows were down no different then being outside running around) but the true crime should being leaving a child UN-ATTENDED) We're suppose to be evolved but it seem that we need to go back to 25 or more years ago.
  • by DeJesus Location: America on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. As of year-end 2009 the rate was 743 adults incarcerated in prisons and jails per 100,000 population. At year-end 2007 the United States had less than 5% of the world's population and 23.4% of the world's prison and jail population.
  • by annonomous on Aug 10, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    how dumb can you be or get to leave your child in a hot a** car in front of a police station or anywhere for that matter man get real
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    Lockup the scumbag and throw away the key. Let someone adopt the child who will give it a future.
  • by Dawn Location: Tally on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    Come on anonymous. Get off your judemental high horse. All fed up was saying was how times had changed not that what was done was ok. Why dont YOU read what fed up said again. back in the day... guess you just know it all..
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    Fed up, READ the story. It clearly stated that the windows were down, which means the A/C/ was not on. Also I was left in the car when my mother went into the story. The difference was that I was not 1 year old, and I was old enough to get out of the car and somewhere safe if there was danger. What would have happened if the car had somehow got hit, or caught fire? This child would not have been able to get out of harms way. It's not like a 12 year old left in the car , its leaving young kids that can't fend for themselves, and many times are strapped in their car seats unable to get out if they wanted or needed to.
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