By Ryan E. Alekman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
A Massachusetts couple, Edwine Louissaint, age 33, of Dedham and David Augustin, age 34, of Milton left their children, ages 1 and 10-years-old, alone in a vehicle in a Foxwoods Resort Casino parking garage. Louissaint and Dedham were charged with risk of injury to a child, leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle, and second-degree reckless endangerment said chief spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, Lieutenant Paul Vance. According to police, the couple’s children were turned over to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Surveillance and gambling records revealed that the couple was in the casino for over an hour, stated Vance. Police arrived to the scene after receiving a call from someone who observed the unattended children. To read more details on this incident see Couple leaves children unattended in vehicle while gambling inside a casino.
The negligence of these parents is disturbing. Children should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Closed vehicles are dangerous environments for children. The temperature inside a vehicle can become 45 degrees Fahrenheit or higher than the temperature outside. Also, a child’s core body temperature accelerates 3-5 times faster than an adult. Children are at a high risk of suffering from a heat stroke, which can leave permanent injury or result in death. To read more on the risks of child heat stroke see Closed vehicles are dangerous places for children.