A British couple who could face up to a year in jail after leaving their baby alone in a car parked outside a shopping mall said that the incident was due to a cultural misunderstanding. Yisroel Singer, 26, said he was shocked to find police waiting to arrest him and his wife, Golda, in a New York parking lot after they left 6-month-old Rosie in the car to take daughters Rochel, 3, and Chaya, 2, to a bathroom. 

Under U.S. law, the couple were charged with child endangerment, a class A misdemeanor. Singer said he believed his sleeping daughter was safe in the locked car with a slightly opened window and did not want to awaken her and bring her out in the cold at the suburban Green Acres mall. The family live a sheltered life in a Jewish community in London, does not have a television in their house, has no criminal background and was not aware their actions could land them in legal trouble.

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Should people face jail time for leaving their baby unsupervised in a locked car, no matter how long?
A British couple who could face up to a year in jail after leaving their baby alone in a car parked outside a shopping mall said that the incident was due to a cultural misunderstanding. Yisroel Singer, 26, said he was shocked to find police waiting to arrest him and his wife, Golda, in a New York parking lot after they left 6-month-old Rosie in the car to take daughters Rochel, 3, and Chaya, 2, to a bathroom.

Under U.S. law, the couple were charged with child endangerment, a class A misdemeanor. Singer said he believed his sleeping daughter was safe in the locked car with a slightly opened window and did not want to awaken her and bring her out in the cold at the suburban Green Acres mall. The family live a sheltered life in a Jewish community in London, does not have a television in their house, has no criminal background and was not aware their actions could land them in legal trouble.

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18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/9/04 - 11:46:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
as the saying goes, "when in rome, do as the romans do". ignorance of the law in no excuse. when you are in the US, you must follow US laws. i do feel for them, however, as cultural differences are inevidable. isnt this a common practice in some parts of the world? my friend was in holland, i believe, and he said all the parents left children (babies) outside in carriages while they went into restaurants.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/9/04 - 11:49:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would probably give them a suspended sentence and send them back to Jolly Old England.

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/9/04 - 12:01:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is a tough choice because they were not trying to endanger a child but they did i would deport them
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/04 - 10:00:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
no! They did what they thought was best. maybe they could have chosen more wisely and one parent take both kids but there ya go, they made a mistake. the thought of sending parents to prison with 3 kids when they obviously didnt mean to harm the child in any way is ridiculous. my personal view is that all 3 children would suffer more from being sperated for a year than the 6th month old did for a few minutes.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/04 - 11:18:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Damn government. This is not a matter the authorities should be involved in!!
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/04 - 11:22:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's ridiculous. That happens all the time here. I was often left in the car while my parents shopped.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/04 - 11:23:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
Just 'how' is it endangering a child's life?
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/04 - 5:32:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
WTF
did the kiddie die? It wasn't even hot. But they didn't mean to. Ok they shouldn't have left the kid in the car but hey. Yeah my post is total crap
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/04 - 5:48:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
How is it endangering a 6 month old child by leaving it in a car unattended with the window open?

Can the child defend itself against any evenuality?

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/04 - 10:28:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
How is it endangering it?! Are you serious?! So it's true you guys really don't know about basic safety in the UK?

A car in the sun, even with windows cracked, can reach up to 140 degrees in less than 2 hours. It can get to over 100 within 10 minutes. Could YOU live in over 120 degree heat for any amount of time? How could a baby then?

Here you won't only go to jail for doing it to your kids, you'll go to jail for doing it to your pets too. Even if it's for one minute while you run into the gas station - it doesn't matter, child welfare will be investigating you before you know what happened. Tons of children and animals die every year because of ignorant parents that leave them in the car while they go eat or go shopping, or even go to work!, all because they didn't want the 'inconvenience' of taking their child with them. They shouldn't have children then

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/04 - 10:34:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
Leaving a child in the cold isn't as dangerous, but it can be. Children that young should never be left unsupervised for any amount of time, especially locked in a car. While the parents were in the bathroom, what would stop someone from breaking the window, grabbing the kid and taking off? The parents wouldn't even be out the bathroom door by the time the people would be gone, even if they heard the glass break.

Or what if the child, as rare as it could be, started choking or a wasp got in the open window and was stinging it while it was trapped in its car seat? There's just too many things that could go wrong, even if it's not above 60 degrees out. It can be chilly outside but still get to well above 100 degrees inside a car if it's in the sun.

Ugh that's just one of my big things - I've seen too many news stories of kids that literally bake alive in cars because of their ignorant parents. The parents usually don't mean to kill their kids, they are just stupid.

18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/27/04 - 12:01:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
The law is the law. I wonder how they would have felt if someone were to steal their car, or smash into their car, with their baby inside. When in Rome.....
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/27/04 - 12:11:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
NO!!!!

Look at the breakdown of replies by continent - the Americas that think they should be jailed and the rest of the world disagrees.

How is having parents in jail any good for the children? The strength of the law is in its flexibility and each case should be considered on its own merits. This is not the sort of situation that neglect laws were introduced to guard against and is frankly a waste of public money and everybody's time.

18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/27/04 - 12:14:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh my god yes.
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/27/04 - 12:26:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, all they were doing was running to the bathroom!
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 6:39:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think they should be sent to jail for a year, but they should be punished. Ignorance of the law or no, leaving a child in a car for any amount of time is extremely dangerous and negligent.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 8:23:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's a law, it may not be popular but it's in place for a reason.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 8:33:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Elven Queen: Incorrect.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 8:48:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it was very intelligent what the parents did. Was it really necessary for BOTH parents to take the other two children to the bathroom? Probably not. One of them should have stayed in the car with the sleeping baby if they didn't want to wake her/him up and take her/him with them. It was ignorant on the parents behalf. That much I do agree with, but should they be punished? Mmmm...I think they should be fined and that's it. The children would suffer if separated from their parents, as naive as their parents seem, no matter what country they are from.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 8:52:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
My mom would leave us kids in the car while she ran into the store, but she left us 1. together and 2. with me as the oldest (at least by the time I was 10) to watch the rest of the kids in the car and we could have the windows open and as we got a bit older were allowed to have the keys so we could listen to the radio. Then again, my mom trusted us and knew we were responsible enough to be left alone. Not all children can be trusted to be left alone, and certainly not a baby!
No matter what the weather, babies and children under 10 should not be left unsupervised. Anything could happen to them. Then again, nothing. Why take chances! If you're not responsible enough to watch over your children, then don't have them to begin with, or at the least leave them with a babysitter!
Why do we need a license to drive, but not to procreate?! UGH! Ignorance is not bliss people! Knowledge is power!
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 10:35:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree, one parent should have stayed behind. If the child had died they would have been held accountable, & I believe punishment prevents future acts in most cases, so it's appropriate here. Maybe they should be allowed to serve their sentences one after the other, or something.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 11:11:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think so
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 11:24:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
can a child die of sleeping in mild temperatures for about 3 minutes? I think we would need to know a lot more detail but it does sound like a mistake.

A policeman in America stopped me from walking along a highway in Miami. he understood that I was British and just asked me not to walk there again. Easy.

I could have used a ride to my hotel actually 'cos I was lost but I suppose you can forgive him!

18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/20/04 - 5:48:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yea, at least for their lame excuse.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/27/04 - 3:26:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
The law is the law, no matter who you are, or where you're from.

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