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couple arrested after leaving young children in cold car while in court

 

EPD says couple arrested after leaving young children in cold car while in court

Posted: Mar 06, 2013 2:13 PM CSTUpdated: Mar 06, 2013 2:28 PM CST

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Evansville Police say a local couple is arrested on neglect charges after leaving their young children alone in a vehicle in Downtown Evansville while they went to court.

Police say around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning someone had called Evansville dispatch after walking by a vehicle in the rear parking lot of the Civic Center and hearing a child crying inside.

EPD says when officers arrived on scene they found inside the vehicle three young children, ages 3, 23 months and 7 months.

Police say the vehicle was locked, but one of the back windows had only tape covering it. EPD says the officers removed the covering and unlocked the vehicle. The officers say temperature inside the vehicle was about 45 degrees.

An officer then asked the 3-year-old boy where his parents were, "Chase told me to put a bottle in her mouth when she cries," the boy replied to the officer, referring to the 7-month-old who was in a car seat between the other two children.

EPD says Child Protective Service was then called to the scene to take custody of the children.

Officers ran the plates of the vehicle and found that it was registered to Chase Mattingly, who they say was in Misdemeanor Court at the time of the incident.

Police say they contacted the Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office who then escorted Chase to the waiting EPD officers.

Authorities say Chase's wife, Cammie Mattingly, was found and escorted to the EPD officers a short time later.

EPD says they were arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail. They are each charged with three counts of Child Neglect, a Class D felony.

 

 

by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM
Court says no children allowed in the courtroom. That is all they say and child care isn't free or offered. This used to happen so often it wasn't against the law
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Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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 exactly- 45 is "chilly" by me but with a coat it's fine. The fact they were left alone is cause for CPS involvement. Those poor babies. No 3 yo child should be responsible for a toddler and an infant.

Quoting canadianmom1974:

I was just commenting on how what is considered cold is subjective. But those kids should not have been left alone.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 


Quoting canadianmom1974:

Wow, just ... wow! What were they thinking? Obviously they weren't.

I will say though, 45 is like +7, that's not cold. Cool, yes, but not cold. Though I guess it may be a matter of perspective.

 I would (and am) more concerned that babies were left in the car. period. and for Court no less!

 

Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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Quoting AdrianneHill:

Court says no children allowed in the courtroom. That is all they say and child care isn't free or offered. This used to happen so often it wasn't against the law

 Then leave them with the paralegal! I'm sorry- that is a poor excuse for abuse and neglect. and it's not like this is their first time involved with the law- they were in court for a prior charge. Those parents don;t have the best track record and won't be winning Best parent awards anytime soon.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Mar. 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM
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 Why didn't the wife wait in the car with the kids??? Why would you leave your babies with a baby?

canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM
Exactly, I'm not excusing these people. They were so wrong leaving three babies alone at all. I just found it funny that they called that temp 'cold', I can't wait until it gets that warm here - another month or so probably.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 exactly- 45 is "chilly" by me but with a coat it's fine. The fact they were left alone is cause for CPS involvement. Those poor babies. No 3 yo child should be responsible for a toddler and an infant.


Quoting canadianmom1974:

I was just commenting on how what is considered cold is subjective. But those kids should not have been left alone.


Quoting Ms.KitKat:


 



Quoting canadianmom1974:

Wow, just ... wow! What were they thinking? Obviously they weren't.

I will say though, 45 is like +7, that's not cold. Cool, yes, but not cold. Though I guess it may be a matter of perspective.


 I would (and am) more concerned that babies were left in the car. period. and for Court no less!


 

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malexander2009
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM

 Why doesn't this surprise me that it happened in Indiana...btw I'm from NW Indiana

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AjsMom0508
by Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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45 in Indiana is not cold. Those kids shouldn't have been left in the car alone but I laugh at the part about it being cold.
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lga1965
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

 

Quoting AjsMom0508:

45 in Indiana is not cold. Those kids shouldn't have been left in the car alone but I laugh at the part about it being cold.

 I live in Minnesota and I think 45 degrees is cold, and these are little kids, in a cold car!  The parents are totally irresponsible. And the Mom is still with a jerk like him who has a court date and someone said this isn't the first one?

Losers.

massenberg
by Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

wow i think that was awful.Dont know what they ere thinkin but they will have plenty of time to think about it

soonergirl980
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Disgusting.

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