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Why does it seem to be school teachers so often? (child death)

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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What the hell is wrong with people? They did it to punish these girls. There is no way they were just trying to air the room out.


Police: Alaska girl locked in frigid bedroom dies; mom on lam

A 3-year-old girl from America's northernmost community died and her younger sister suffered hypothermia after their mother and her boyfriend locked the girls inside a bedroom with a window open to temperatures of 30 degrees below zero because the girls had wet their beds, authorities said.

The mother, 28-year-old elementary teacher Esther G. Edwards-Gust, was apparently on the lam Saturday, a day after she and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Richard Tilden Jr., were indicted in the child's death. Tilden was in custody.

The couple shared a home with Edwards-Gust's 1- and 3-year-old daughters in the Inupiat Eskimo community of Barrow.

Police say the two girls last month were trapped overnight in their bedroom with a window open to temperatures that dropped to 30 degrees below zero. According to KTUU-TV in Anchorage, both children were diagnosed with extreme hypothermia and flown to an Anchorage hospital, where the 3-year-old died.

Tilden later told authorities he'd been drinking the night before and opened the bedroom window to air out the room because the girls wet their beds, according to court documents. He also said the door's latch was broken, making it impossible for anyone inside the room to open it.

A grand jury on Friday indicted Tilden and Edwards-Gust on charges including manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Tilden also faces second-degree murder and assault charges. He was arrested last month.

A warrant has been issued for Edwards-Gust's arrest. Police didn't immediately return a message Saturday, and a home listing for Barrow's police chief was disconnected. A person who answered the phone at the borough jail said Edwards-Gust was not in custody there.

Tilden called 911 when he discovered the 3-year-old was unresponsive and not breathing Feb. 2.

Officers said Tilden smelled of alcohol when they were at the apartment, court documents said. The news was first reported by the Anchorage Daily News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/04/10573169-police-alaska-girl-locked-in-frigid-bedroom-dies-mom-on-lam

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TrouserMouse
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 3:59 PM

BUMP!

Caitlin10081989
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

bump, Those poor children. 

CatosMa
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM
Oh gosh- I lived in Fairbanks (closest town to barrow?) for three years. A lot of the natives were big on the alcohol, partly because (some, maybe all.. Idk) the old fishing villages are dry. Anyway, the majority that came into town gave the rest of the Natives a bad name. We heard about this stuff all of the time. And at any given time, you can walk down the main streets and be harassed by the drunk Natives. Poor kiddos:(
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CatosMa
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM
Umm- I'm not tryin to sound like an ignorant racist. I hate everyone equally... But thats seriously how it was there. I'm sure the drinking helped with the cold weather too... And no, not all of the natives were drunks.
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ychavez
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM
So sad...this is why I believe some people shouldn't even be named parents
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Jemmy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM
That's awful
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two4one
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Well, statistically with the number of crimes gainst children, some of those people will be teachers. Just like they are lawyers, doctors, etc. I feel for those poor babies.

AyaTachihara
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I hope they catch that bitch and make her spend the rest of her life in jail. And im not even going to go into what that drunk MFer deserves.

TrouserMouse
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM
I know some will be, but it seems that so many of the horror stories lately have been teachers. A disproportionate amount. It may be the current "theme" of the media right now though.

Quoting two4one:

Well, statistically with the number of crimes gainst children, some of those people will be teachers. Just like they are lawyers, doctors, etc. I feel for those poor babies.

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