Skip to comments.Uptown couple allegedly left children home alone to jet off to Vegas
Posted on 03/21/2012 7:48:32 PM PDT by Krankor
Shanpreta Howard and Antowain Johnson say they will travel to the end of the world for their kids.
But the Uptown couple are in trouble now because they allegedly dont always like to travel with their kids.
Howard, 34, and Johnson, 36, who live in an apartment building on North Winthrop, were each charged this week with misdemeanor endangerment, after allegedly leaving their children ages 12 and 9 alone for two days while they took off for Las Vegas.
While the parents were away beginning Feb. 22 the 12-year-old boy told his teacher about the Las Vegas trip. The teacher then contacted police, who went to the apartment and found the children.
An aunt then took custody of the children until the parents returned, police said.
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I shudder to think the names they gave their kids.
No aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, nannies or babysitters... but they can afford Vegas??
Does it say anywhere if this couple is married?
We're raising a generation of helpless sissies.
The police gave the kids over to their Aunt.
I don’t know. A lot of times, though, if a black woman is married, she hyphenates her last name.
The couple should have done that before they went to Vegas.
12 and 10 for my brother and I. I cooked dinner often at age 10, as both of my parents worked.
What are the odds?
Well, in the grand scheme of things, I have a feeling the couple had someone assigned to look in on the kids. Still, this is the big city, in the 21st century, in a building I bet has some unsavory types lurking around. I just think it’s hilarious the mother is so adamant the accusations aren’t true on her Facebook page yet, if you scroll down, you can see her talking about going to Las Vegas. Plus their picture is great-she looks like she’s ready to drop another one. And their names are the coup de grace- not just the first name but the last, as well- Howard and Johnson (get it?)
I’m torn. At 12 I was camping outdoors, in the woods, overnight. I stayed alone at home several times without thinking about it.
The kids seem responsible enough to go to school when the parents aren’t there, so that tells me that the kids are probably being raised at least marginally decently.
Think I’m gonna have to go with no harm no foul on this one. Though I probably would have had a neighbor check in on them a few times.
Does it say anywhere where the couple is sane?
Shanpreta, Antowain, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!!
Of which I do not understand since her maiden name is usually her fathers last name. I never did understand this practice in the women's movement.
Depending on the 12yr old... They might be responsible enough to babysit the 9 yr old for a couple of days. If the kids were 9 and 6 I could see the outrage, but 12 is getting pretty close to babysitter territory. I’m not sure that the outrage is justified here.
I don’t go to Vegas, but when my kids were younger I never had qualms with leaving ANY of them in charge of younger siblings, for up to 48 hours, when they were 12.
My sister-in-law didn’t like it. One of her kids ended up a drug addict. Another ended up a rapist. My kids? I see my oldest daughter and her 4 kids every week in church. I visit my oldest son at a university where he’s the head baseball coach. My #2 son played college baseball with his brother and is planning to open a restaurant after his wife graduates med school. The #3 son is applying to Annapolis. #4 son (14 years old) is a straight A student and is starting to carve a name for himself as an athlete (wrestling). The youngest, 11 years old, I’d leave in charge of all the rest....
11 yrs. old is a little more mature than 9 yrs. old, and having 'backup' available makes all the difference.
It doesn't say in the story whether or not the parents actually had someone available for contact in case of an emergency, or if there was a neighbor who was willing to stop by to check on the kids. One of the neighbors mentioned that the place they lived was safe, but accidents can also happen, and kids that young, without the benefit of of someone to call, can make a situation worse because of poor judgement.
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