Skip to comments.Mom on trial for leaving child in car
Posted on 03/12/2008 2:02:10 PM PDT by #1CTYankee
CHICAGO, March 12 (UPI) -- A suburban Chicago woman went on trial for briefly leaving her 2-year-old daughter in a locked car in order to put money in a Salvation Army kettle.
Treffly Coyne of Tinley Park faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine if a Cook County Court finds her guilty of child endangerment and obstruction of justice, The Tinley Park Star reported Wednesday.
Coyne drove her three daughters and a neighbor's child to a nearby Wal-Mart one evening in order to donate money to the Salvation Army.
Her 2-year-old daughter had fallen asleep on the ride so Coyne left her in the locked car while she and the other children deposited money in a kettle just 30 feet away. Minutes later she was arrested.
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Like they don’t have anything better to do? I hope the jury sends a message back to the judge admonishing the prosecutor for wasting their time with an instantaneous not guilty verdict laden with sarcasm.
When you start negotiating haow many feet away you can be, how much time you can spend, etc. it becomes meaningless.
If the court finds that her actions were not criminal it can acquit her. If it finds that her actions, while in breach of law were not sufficiently dangerous to warrant serious punishment, it can suspend the sentence or give her probation.
It appears to me that the child was continuously supervised during the 30-ft walk to and from the car. Too crazy to comment on.
Neither you nor I was there.
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Exactly. My house is wider than that - and I have a small 1,000 sq ft house.
That is NOT abandonment -
You are not allowed to abandon a child in an automobile. When you start negotiating haow many feet away you can be, how much time you can spend, etc. it becomes meaningless.
By #1CTYankee's criteria, you would need to have your children on a leash or carry them in a backpack until they're school age... to be safe from arrest...because, otherwise, the distance to constitute 'abandonment' is totally the prerogative of the officer on scene. That would be a scary premise...
Unfortunately, the three other little girls, horrified to see their mother arrested, were not taken into protective custody. They were completely ignored by the Crestwood Police and walked away terrified, crying and left on their own.
The police weren’t watching the kids either after they arrested the mom , using your logic (Neither you nor I was there ) the police need to be arrested too...
I remember way back when, when spoken or written words meant what they were intended to mean from the start. Today people abuse terms consistently, to make a particular thing or event seem better or worse than it was. This of course is a gross form of dishonesty and deceipt.
"Abandoned" is when a mother drops her baby off on a church stairway and screws off somewhere to parts unknown. "Abandoned" is when a young mother gives birth to her child in a public bathroom and throws it in the trash can. A mother who is standing only about 12 steps, (30 feet), from her daughter, who is in clear sight, safely locked in the car and close enough for the mother to give her any attention she may suddenly need, has not been abandoned.
This article shows just how far the state has gone to take the place of parents, and to step on peoples' rights in the name of "it's for the good of the chiiiildren". Stomping on the rights of good, responsible citizens always begins in the name of some alleged "good". Such as when Hitler began rounding up Jews because "they were destroying the economy". Or when Stalin began oppressing and murdering the supposed State's enemies in the name of "law and order". Americans are fast losing their rights and freedoms to the state and this article is a shining example of that.
Unfortunately, judging by the apparent intellectual superficiality of many Americans today it will not be very long before we all start looking around, wide eyed, and wondering just how the f--- we allowed our government to strip us of our beloved freedoms. Hell, I'm already wondering that, who knows what tomorrow is going to bring? Maybe they'll begin arresting mothers who are five steps away from their child as they walk around the car to open the trunk for the stroller.
The article doesn’t say what month this happened. Being Chicago, was there a danger that the child would cook to death or freeze?
The gun and badge compensate well for the tiny penis, though, don'tcha think?
Here is a link to an article about a New London man who was refused an interview with the police department there because he scored to high on their pre-employment test. That's right kids, police departments want ignorant buffoons who follow orders without questions. What a world.
On Dec. 8 Coyne decided to drive to Wal-Mart in the Chicago suburb of Crestwood so her children and a young friend could donate the coins they’d collected at her husband’s office.
Even as she buckled 2-year-old Phoebe into the car, the girl was asleep. When Coyne arrived at the store, she found a spot to park in a loading zone, right behind someone tying a Christmas tree onto a car.
“It’s sleeting out, it’s not pleasant, I don’t want to disturb her, wake her up,” Coyne said this week. “It was safer to leave her in the safety and warmth of an alarmed car than take her.”
So Coyne switched on the emergency flashers, locked the car, activated the alarm and walked the other children to the bell ringer.
She snapped a few pictures of the girls donating money and headed back to the car. But a community service officer blocked her way.
“She was on a tirade, she was yelling at me,” Coyne said. The officer, Coyne said, didn’t want to hear about how close Coyne was, how she never set foot inside the store and was just there to let the kids donate money, or how she could always see her car.
WTF is a “community service officer?” Is that the same as a police officer? Or is it some kind of rent-a-cop?
Thank you for an excellent comment— been having the same thoughts alot lately.
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The 36-year-old suburban mother is preparing to go on trial Thursday on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and obstructing a peace officer. If convicted, she could be sentenced to a year in jail and fined $2,500, even though child welfare workers found no credible evidence of abuse or neglect.
So this lady is arrested for what? There is no evidence?
So she should go though HELL because some CSO (community service officer) is a moron?
Very true, but this mother didn't abandon her child. She was 30 feet away.
I'm sick and tired of these do gooders who dictate to people who can think for themselves.
I can't wait for the trial, hope it costs the city plenty.
Hope some good lawyer will defend her pro bono.
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