Skip to comments.Katy dad who left kids in van at gun store: 'People make mistakes'
Posted on 04/03/2012 9:45:08 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
HOUSTONA father who is accused of leaving his two kids in a car while he shopped at a gun store in Katy told KHOU 11 News he made a mistake, and he wants his kids back.
"I regret it obviously. I feel bad about it. I didnt do it on purpose. Now, were trying to move forward," said Gage Eason.
Eason, 21, and his wife, Hailie Eason, 21, met with KHOU 11 News after a supervised visit with their children Monday morning.
Child Protective Services removed their children, 6-month-old Cameron and 18-month-old Ember, from the Easons' home following what happened inside Tactical Firearms on March 24, 2012.
Cameras from the stores surveillance system captured Eason looking at guns inside the store for nearly 50 minutes while his two children sat in their car seats in his van in the parking lot.
By time Eason left the store, someone had noticed the children and called 911.
"People make mistakes every day. Mine just happened to be shown on camera. It wasnt intentional," Eason told KHOU 11 News. "I love my kids and theres nothing more important than my kids."
Eason said he lost track of time.
"I have a hard time judging time sometimes, and I didnt feel like I was there for that long, so I was actually shocked I was there for that long," he said.
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But what about the guns?
If it had been a Hallmark Card Store and not a firearms dealer, would Child Protective Services have taken the children? I’m guessing probably not.
The article goes on to say they are expecting another kid.
And that they have an attorney. And he denies being part of any Militia.
f it had been a Hallmark Card Store and not a firearms dealer, would Child Protective Services have taken the children? Im guessing probably not.
Yep they would that is how government works. In the 1950’s my mother left us in the car all the time. It depends on the age of the kids and how hot is it. Today you can’t roll down windows with a hand crank like you could in the 1950’s and 1960’s autos.... Not really a big deal though that he left his kids in the car.
Mr. Eason, you are an idiot.
I’m sure it was unintentional to leave them in the car for that long.
But it was surely intentional to leave them in the car and go into the store.
You don’t leave children of that age alone in a car for two minutes, much less 50.
EXACTLY! I wouldn’t leave children alone in the care for 5 minutes, no less 50 minutes.
Correction-That should have read, I wouldn’t leave children alone that young in the car for 5 minutes, no less 50 minutes.
>>>If it had been a Hallmark Card Store and not a firearms dealer, would Child Protective Services have taken the children? Im guessing probably not.<<<
I think the kids still would have been taken. Leaving children that young, for that long is taken very seriously. I don’t think it would be as big a story in the media, though, as it wouldn’t fit the narrative that gun owner = bad person.
As stated earlier, you don’t leave kids alone in a car, especially in Texas where it’s already hot. I never ever left my son in the car, I took him everywhere. If I was going to a gun store I WOULD HAVE LEFT HIM AT HOME with my wife or a babysitter. DUH! Hello? McFly?
This jacka$$ clearly could have done it a lot differently.
What a bunch of BS. Who was the meddling SOB that reported them? That person needs to decorate a lamp post.
My God, my parents left us in the car all the time when we were kids while they went shopping. It made the experience a lot more efficient.
Crap, what has this country come to?
—If it had been a Hallmark Card Store and not a firearms dealer, would Child Protective Services have taken the children? Im guessing probably not.—
My thoughts as well. I did that sort of thing with my kids. My mother did it with me when she went grocery shopping in the late 50’s and early 60’s. I remember it well because one day, when I was about five, I saw the lady in the car next to me put her car in gear to leave, and I pulle our car out of park (55 oldsmobile with auto) and the car rolled backward out of the space. I had the presence of mind to crank the wheel so it came to a stop in the middle of the path between the rows of cars.
No big deal. Everybody helped me, my mother came out, nobody was hurt, and we went on with our lives.
People meddle way too much today.
I am not sure it matters WHERE he was at the time, unless it was a strip club or porn shop... anything else is immaterial really.
How would that even come up??
>>As stated earlier, you dont leave kids alone in a car, especially in Texas where its already hot. I never ever left my son in the car, I took him everywhere.
Don’t be so melodramatic. My parents left me in the car all the time when they were just running into a store for a short while and in much hotter temperatures than in this story. On March 24, 2012, when this story happened the temperature in Katy,TX was a low of 54 F and a high of 81 F, which is hardly a heat wave.
I don’t see why you can’t take them in with you. :p
It does all seem to be an overreaction by the authorities. After all, Ember is 18 months old, with that name, she already has a career path, and she is plenty capable of caring for herself and her little brother.
How would that even come up??
Oh, the usual way. Gossip and rumors.
One of the Easons’ attorneys addressed rumors that have circulated on the Internet.
“He is not part of some Texas militia. His life is not buying and selling guns. He was there looking at guns. He made the mistake of leaving his kids in the car in no way should the family be torn apart,” said James Hedlesten
You have got to be kidding. Leaving a 6 month and 18 month old kids out in a car for 50 minutes. What are you thinking?
Guess I got lucky. When my daughter was an infant in a car seat, she had the good habit of dozing off, giving me a few minutes of peace. I was in a shiny BMW that afternoon and decided to step in the front door of a local gun store. The counter was only two steps from the front door.
Shutting off the engine was a guaranteed way to wake her up, so I let it run. Of course,, as I watched from just inside, two of the worst gang looking characters you ever did see pulled in and parked beside my car.
As they looked at the running car, with a little conservative infant sleeping in the back seat, one of them said, ‘mannnnnn,, you know that sh*t ain’t right. Touch one finger on dat car, and somebody be jumpin’ out that door with a 45 talkin’ about FREEZE mother f-er’. (they were right)
So I start laughing,, then they see me, and totally crack up.
One of those funny gun store afternoons. Adult daughter loves that story.
You don’t leave your kids in the car. You just don’t. Gun store, whatever, doesn’t matter. This guy is an idiot and I’m glad the kids are ok.
I don’t understand why the mom lost custody, too. It seems the kids should have been left with their mother.
How about the parents whose kids DIE from being left in the car? Should people pass on by and not meddle lest they end up decorating a lamp post?
“I know I left my kids in the car but I didn’t think I did”
They would have been taken regardless of where it happened. No 6 and 18 month old kids should ever be left in a car alone for any period of time.
These parents are idiots.
This is a truly rare situation where the mother is actually married to the father and as husband and wife - they live together with their children.
Can you believe that? In 2012, we still have that kind of family arrangement?
Here in the Kalifornia low desert, you’ll go to jail if you tie your pet up to the outside of your car on a summer day.
Well, he WAS at a gun store. Just connect the dots..................................???
That was my first thought too.
I take my son with me to the gun store.
If it was hot or sunny out, I could understand the concern. Otherwise...I was left alone in a car longer than that back in the 60s. Guess we were tougher little kids back then!
“This is a truly rare situation where the mother is actually married to the father and as husband and wife - they live together with their children.
Can you believe that? In 2012, we still have that kind of family arrangement?
I assumed that; I just don’t understand why the mom would be deprived of the children, too.
I can understand, in an abuse/neglect situation, where the father might not be allowed to be in sole care of the kids until the facts are determined.
But the mother is not accused of doing anything wrong.
That was my experience also, and for all of the cry-babies & bleeding hearts on this thread, it happened to me in So Cal during warm weather. Didn’t hurt us any. I guess we were tougher back in the 50’s.
I think there are too many meddlers out there nowadays and some of them need to be made an example of so that the others stop sticking their nose into everyone’s business.
Also, the Nazis & Comrades that work for CPS need to be taught a lesson too. What is possibly wrong with issuing a warning? Or does the insane body of laws that have taken away parental rights prevent that?
Think about it.
If they released the children to their mother, they are in effect also releasing them to who?
I bet your mom did not leave you alone in a car when you were 6 months old.
Would you leave your 6 month old grandkid(s) alone in the car for 50 minutes today? I really doubt you would. If you did I bet the parents of your grandchild would rip you a new one.
“Think about it.
If they released the children to their mother, they are in effect also releasing them to who?”
I have thought about it.
The removal of the kids to foster care is insanely traumatizing to the perfectly innocent children and the perfectly innocent wife.
It seems to me it would be in the best interests of all concerned to somehow restrain the father from sole custody while an investigation is made.
Not to place the kids in foster care.
If my spouse has been alleged to have neglected or abused our children, without my knowledge or consent, I don’t think my kids should be taken from me.
The kids were in their car sets and couldn’t get out— is there any evidence they were endangered by being left in the car at that time? If not, why were they taken?
I am so mad at this guy.
Why didn't he take them kids in there and buy each one of them a pocket knife? Or even a stinking "Don't Tread On Me" sticker? How much can that cost?
At least they could have looked at the pistols. Sheesh. Where does this guy get off? Poor, deprived children. Can't even take a look at the new Ruger 10/22 Takedown.
It just brings tears to the eyes, don't it?
Join me and take a kid to a gun store today. Do it, FRiends.
/sarc. Well, mostly.
I don’t leave my daughter in her carseat while I run into the gas station, let alone shop for an hour. Someone could abduct them. They could overheat. They could have a dirty diaper and be screaming for half an hour needing a change. The car could slip out of gear and roll into traffic.
If I wouldn’t leave my purse in the car I wouldn’t leave my kid either.
Any parent that leaves their babies in the car is an idiot.
The defense “my parents left me in the car all the time” is also ridiculous.
I hate CPS/DCFS with a passion, but there really are some parents that are too stupid to raise children in the modern world.
Kids are over rated, especially other people’s kids. Let the little buggers go a bit hungry or wait a bit while Pop has a bit of recreation. It is good to remind them they should be seen and not heard most of the time. Busy body social workers and nosy know it alls should mind their own kids, not someone else’s. I grew up when kid’s chemistry sets had all the ingredients to make black gun power and still have all ten fingers.
“If it had been a Hallmark Card Store and not a firearms dealer, would Child Protective Services have taken the children? Im guessing probably not.”
I live down the street from this store. It gets hot here. This isn’t Yankeeville. You may as well watch the parents beating them with a baseball bat and say, “Oh well, it was just once.”
EVERYONE here knows you NEVER leave your kids in the car alone. It’s against the law and the consequences of doing it are clear and publicly known. I have 4 kids, not 2, and if I can’t bring them in, I don’t go in. These parents are lucky their kids are alive. If they want them back, I hope the state requires more than an “oops, my bad.”
If I had walked up on the vehicle with kids in the car I would have called the cops and stayed to make sure the kids were okay. I don’t care if the couple is married, goes to church on Sunday and reliably votes Republican. Down here, that’s physical abuse and child endangerment and serious business.
Yep they would that is how government works. In the 1950s my mother left us in the car all the time. It depends on the age of the kids and how hot is it.
I said It depends on the age of the kids and how hot is it.
When I was a little kid, my parents always left me in the car but took the dog with them.......
Heat danger: 500th child dies in a hot car
Since 1998 through just last week, 500 children have died after being left unintentionally in a hot car...
Even on a 70 degree day, the inside temperature of a car can exceed 120 degrees even with windows partially open.
Statistics also show that these incidents occur more often with younger children--75 percent of those killed were under 2 years of age.
What's the danger?
In addition to the risk of being abducted if they are left alone in a car, on a typical summer day, the temperature inside a car (even with the windows rolled down a little) can quickly rise above 120 to 140 degrees. Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a car can get above 100 degrees. At those temperatures, kids are at great risk for heat stroke, which can lead to a high fever, dehydration, seizures, stroke and death.
One of the dumbest comments of all time on FR.
Actually, I've seen much worse.
I also think there was a tinge of sarcasm implied.
Did they have to roll the windows up and lock the doors when they left you?