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Uptown couple allegedly left children home alone to jet off to Vegas
Chicago Sun Times ^ | 3/21/2012 | Stefano Esposito

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 don’t 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 love this story for several reasons. The names of the parents are great. Their picture is hilarious. And Shanpreta vehemently denies being a bad mother on her Facebook Page (Click on Wall) Click
1 posted on 03/21/2012 7:48:39 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Krankor

I shudder to think the names they gave their kids.


2 posted on 03/21/2012 7:50:41 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Krankor

No aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, nannies or babysitters... but they can afford Vegas??


3 posted on 03/21/2012 7:51:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Krankor; Morgana

Does it say anywhere if this couple is married?


4 posted on 03/21/2012 7:52:46 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Krankor
Sis and I got left alone for a weekend, with a neighbor for emergency contact, at ages 12 and 11. We managed. I did have to fix some damage to the cabinet hinges, but it all worked out.

We're raising a generation of helpless sissies.

/johnny

5 posted on 03/21/2012 7:55:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GeronL

The police gave the kids over to their Aunt.


6 posted on 03/21/2012 7:56:26 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: GeronL

I don’t know. A lot of times, though, if a black woman is married, she hyphenates her last name.


7 posted on 03/21/2012 7:57:47 PM PDT by Krankor (eenie meenie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak.)
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To: CaptainK

The couple should have done that before they went to Vegas.


8 posted on 03/21/2012 7:59:00 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: JRandomFreeper

12 and 10 for my brother and I. I cooked dinner often at age 10, as both of my parents worked.


9 posted on 03/21/2012 8:01:02 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Krankor; windcliff
Did they stay at Howard Johnson's?

What are the odds?

10 posted on 03/21/2012 8:03:58 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Krankor

Shawnpreta Ho-Jo?


11 posted on 03/21/2012 8:05:00 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: JRandomFreeper

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?)


12 posted on 03/21/2012 8:08:54 PM PDT by Krankor (eenie meenie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak.)
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To: Krankor

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.


13 posted on 03/21/2012 8:12:27 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: GeronL

Does it say anywhere where the couple is sane?


14 posted on 03/21/2012 8:20:21 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Krankor

Shanpreta, Antowain, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!!


15 posted on 03/21/2012 8:22:41 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Krankor
"I don’t know. A lot of times, though, if a black woman is married, she hyphenates her last name."

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.

16 posted on 03/21/2012 8:25:18 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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To: Krankor

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.


17 posted on 03/21/2012 8:27:36 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Krankor

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....


18 posted on 03/21/2012 8:28:26 PM PDT by freebilly (Obama Sings While America Sinks....)
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To: Domandred
The kids are smarter than the parents, I would not go to Las Vegas and I live in Henderson. Nothing but a glitzy neon money vacuum sweeper designed to take as much money as possible at the least effort.
19 posted on 03/21/2012 8:29:25 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.,)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Sis and I got left alone for a weekend, with a neighbor for emergency contact, at ages 12 and 11. We managed.

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.

20 posted on 03/21/2012 8:31:00 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: BooBoo1000
The kids are smarter than the parents, I would not go to Las Vegas and I live in Henderson. Nothing but a glitzy neon money vacuum sweeper designed to take as much money as possible at the least effort.

Same could be said about Disneyland. I didn't start going to Las Vegas until my kids were grown up but I can tell you that I spent way more money going to Disneyland than I do in Las Vegas. And in Las Vegas, I don't have to stand in line for hours on end in the blazing sun to take a 45-second ride or buy a $4 Cokes and $6 hot dogs.

Not everybody goes to Las Vegas to gamble away the mortgage.

21 posted on 03/21/2012 8:41:46 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 52 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: SuziQ
How do you develop good judgement when kids are in bubble-wrap these days?

We had chores and responsibilities when we were kids. I raised rabbits to kill and sell from the time I was 8.

Dad showed me how to slaughter and dress them.

Turned out that I didn't have enough strength in my 8 year old hands to twist the head, so he scrounged me up a length of pipe to 'stun' them with.

That worked. I made money on rabbits until I could push a lawn mower.

Today, he'd be in jail, and I'd be living with a gay couple posing as a 'foster family'.

/johnny

22 posted on 03/21/2012 8:53:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: dfwgator

To honor Mom & Dad, they should consider...

ShanAnto
PretaWain
AntoShan

maybe if we reverse of few syllables...

NahsOtna
AterpNiaw
AntoOtna

These make as much sense as the originals. You have to wonder where their names come from — is there a program on the web?


23 posted on 03/21/2012 8:59:20 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Krankor
I wish that Barbara Billingsly was still alive to translate that facebook page.


24 posted on 03/21/2012 9:03:04 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Of course that's Michelle, I would know that underbite anywhere.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yeah, I was left at home alone at around those ages, and it was NEVER an issue. I was left with money/blank checks, and walked to the grocery store whenever I needed anything. I rather enjoyed the freedom, and I believe it helped me mature.


25 posted on 03/21/2012 9:26:59 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Morgana

lol.


26 posted on 03/21/2012 9:42:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Krankor

I stayed at home alone at 15 for weekends

can anyone say:

pot

windowpane

shrooms..fresh off the cowpatty

quaaludes

naked girls

and of course...booze and loud music..Led Zep IV, Ziggy Stardust, Axis Bold as Love ..for the windowpane, Atom Heart Mother, ZZ Top Rio Grande Mud, early Sabbath, Aqualung, Traffic...speakers in the trees...we did it right

I loved when my folks were gone...I died and went to heaven

I ain’t leaving my kids here...no way..not till they are 30


27 posted on 03/21/2012 9:59:53 PM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: Domandred

Not to brag, but at 12, as a Scout patrol leader, we used to hike miles into the woods, cook our own food, fix camp stuff, get back on time. Just routine, in those days.


28 posted on 03/21/2012 10:43:38 PM PDT by Ace's Dad (Reagan Contra; in-country off the USS Racine.)
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To: wardaddy

You’re scary. :)

I stayed alone at about 13 or 14. I never even had a person in the house without permission. I just watched movies and ate pizza, but I loved being alone. My parents don’t appreciate what a good kid I was. Heeheehee


29 posted on 03/21/2012 10:47:30 PM PDT by Politicalmom
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To: wardaddy

Oh my!


30 posted on 03/21/2012 10:59:10 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: wardaddy
I'm with you wardaddy! My kids aren't staying home alone overnight until they're 30. When I was 14 my parents let me stay home for Soccer practice with my older brother for a few days while the rest of the family went camping. As soon as the parents left, so did my brother.

Things got a bit awry without the parental units around is all I'll admit to. But one of the worst was half the girls soccer team drank to much and we had an 8am practice the next day. It was 90 degrees out and we had to run two miles mid practice because we were doing so bad, for obvious reasons. Everyone started getting sick. I think the coach thought he was killing us all from heat exhaustion because he stopped practice and told us to go home and drink lots of water. I swore I would never drink another drop EVER! That didn't work out to well either.

31 posted on 03/22/2012 12:00:57 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: wardaddy

That doesn’t quite match-up to when I was 15. :-|


32 posted on 03/22/2012 12:15:28 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yep. Babysitting, not being babysat for, at that age used to be pretty regular.


33 posted on 03/22/2012 12:32:33 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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If your child is unable to handle:

a blown fuse or any other power outage
a backed up toilet
a small kitchen fire
a stranger at the door
a minor injury
a minor illness
or any phone call, email or facebook contact from people you dont know.

They should not be left alone over night.

I babysat a lot at 14 but the parents gave me cell phone numbers and were never more than 20-30 minutes away.

I was 16 and had a driver’s permit before my parents left me to care for my baby sister alone for the entire weekend!


34 posted on 03/22/2012 12:51:02 AM PDT by Casie
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To: guitarplayer1953

Is it really that hard to figure: it is the name she grew up with.


35 posted on 03/22/2012 4:57:38 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: MacMattico; petitfour; fieldmarshaldj; Politicalmom

It was 72-73...very early in what was unfortunately to become the drug culture and evolve into crack, meth and oxyheads

Noone really knew what kids were up to and they though pot smelled like oregano..the quality of pot then being rather low...some dads still sported Santini like flat tops and there was a definite us and them mentality...however an immature notion

and all the crazy stuff just kind of peaked at just the right time for me....the few years right before Dazed and Confused when it became cliche and Kiss (yuck) arrived

I cannot deny I did not have a fun and managed to get a degree and all that...with ups and downs ...and no, I don’t even smoke pot anymore not since 1984 but I’m not super anti pot and i would prefer my own kids not be stoners

We thought we were rebelling..acting out what we were seeing on TV in youth culture...we were only practicing youthful hedonism..not really complicated just in a very unrescricted window of time before folks got their senses back as to why we have certain cultural views about behavior in the first place

the music time capsule of late 60s thru early 70s is argubaly the pinnacle of rock...incredible...so glad I got to live it live time...it was a special era in that regard


36 posted on 03/22/2012 8:36:50 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: wardaddy

I just meant the nekkid girls part. I could do without the drugs and drinks (and have).


37 posted on 03/22/2012 8:42:38 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: wardaddy

You kind of sound like my older brother that took off as soon as my parents left!


38 posted on 03/22/2012 7:33:52 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: wardaddy

“the music time capsule of late 60s thru early 70s is argubaly the pinnacle of rock...incredible...”

You aren’t kidding. And we took it for granted that rock music would always be that good. Little did we know...


39 posted on 03/22/2012 8:50:35 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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