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Baby left inside locked car at Texas movie theater, parents not arrested due to culture

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2017 at 12:46 AM
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Baby left inside locked car at Texas movie theater, parents not arrested due to culture


(KUTV) A video of a baby left in a locked car in Southern Texas has gone viral and so has the reason why the parents of the child weren't arrested.

A couple from Saudi Arabia was watching a movie at a theater in Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday night. While they were watching the movie, they left their baby locked inside, according to police. While the baby was unharmed, it hasn't stopped people from being outraged at why officers didn't hold the couple, who is not from this country, accountable.

"It wasn't an accident and there wasn't an arrest ... it seems this time, culture played an unexpected factor," KIII-TV reports.

As police respond and get into the car to check on the baby, a woman records video and posts it to Facebook.

"Someone left their baby in the car," says a woman.

Police were called to the parking lot around 11 p.m. on Feb. 11. The couple was found inside the theater with their 4-year-old child inside.

"It is a violation of law to leave a child unattended in a vehicle," Corpus Christi police told KIII-TV 3News. "There were no arrests made last night."

The reason? It was something police weren't expecting to hear.

"What they found out is that the family is from Saudi Arabia and they said that this is culturally acceptable for them -- it's normal."

Authorities aren't sure how long the family has been living in the United States, but decided to show "cultural sensitivity" and let the family go this time.


"If it was someone who grew up in the United States, of course the outcome may be very different," a spokesman for the Corpus Christi Police Department said.


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http://kutv.com/news/nation-world/baby-left-inside-locked-car-at-texas-movie-theater-parents-not-arrested


LOL.  Wonder if they could throw a gay person to their death from a rooftop and not be arrested.  After all, that is culturally acceptable for them.


by on Feb. 15, 2017 at 12:46 AM
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Lady_Facetious
by Gold Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 1:23 AM
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The baby is fine. People leave their small children in cars long enough to die and they don't get charged. If people who kill their kids get off without so much as a ticket, this couple shouldn't be singled out when their kid is fine.


Intentionally murdering someone is not the same thing as a misunderstanding of cultural norms in which no one is actually harmed. Don't bring your paranoia into this.


SaskMummy
by on Feb. 15, 2017 at 1:26 AM
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This is different then religion or a dietary need seriously?!
SaskMummy
by on Feb. 15, 2017 at 1:28 AM
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If you move to a new country to live a different life life then you should have to follow the laws (minis religious and dietary). Sure the baby's fine but it could of been much worse.
momaof8
by Bronze Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 7:59 AM
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This is rediculous the law is the law they should be arrested they can make their defence in court

ineffable
by Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 8:07 AM
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I'm unsure how I feel about this. What's a February night like there? Despite the cultural differences were the parents aware of the law? Something should happen to these parents, mandatory parenting classes, community service and the need to advocate the laws amongst their culturally similar peers.
Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 8:15 AM
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While I find leaving your infant in a car abhorrent, I have to agree with what you're saying. It frustrates me endlessly when babies die and their parents aren't charged. "They've suffered enough"...uh, not quite as much as their baby did. 😡 But there was no suffering in this case. I think they should have to at least do some parenting classes or be required to learn our laws regarding the treatment of children, though.

Quoting Lady_Facetious: The baby is fine. People leave their small children in cars long enough to die and they don't get charged. If people who kill their kids get off without so much as a ticket, this couple shouldn't be singled out when their kid is fine.


Intentionally murdering someone is not the same thing as a misunderstanding of cultural norms in which no one is actually harmed. Don't bring your paranoia into this.


XO.__
by on Feb. 15, 2017 at 8:25 AM
Oh boy and so it begins
JaniceLitman
by New Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 8:27 AM
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Saturday? It was in the 70s or 60s there

Quoting ineffable: I'm unsure how I feel about this. What's a February night like there? Despite the cultural differences were the parents aware of the law? Something should happen to these parents, mandatory parenting classes, community service and the need to advocate the laws amongst their culturally similar peers.
ineffable
by Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM
At 11:00 pm?

Quoting JaniceLitman: Saturday? It was in the 70s or 60s there

Quoting ineffable: I'm unsure how I feel about this. What's a February night like there? Despite the cultural differences were the parents aware of the law? Something should happen to these parents, mandatory parenting classes, community service and the need to advocate the laws amongst their culturally similar peers.
VooDooB
by corrupter on Feb. 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM
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The police decided to be culturally sensitive? More likely they were afraid of the backlash of being called Islamophobic. Enforcing laws in this country should not be subjective.

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