A nanny in Oregon has been arrested after she left a three-year-old boy and two-month-old girl in a hot car to visit a tanning salon. Temperatures exceeded 90 degrees when Kristen Marie Jones abandoned the children who were left in her care. A concerned citizen called the police after she passed the car and saw the two children covered in sweat and crying.
The 23-year-old nanny was coming out of Sunblaze Tanning Salon, located in the 14800 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard, just as Officer Rian Hamby was able to get the first child out of the sweltering vehicle. Initially she told police the children’s mother had been in the car when she went into the tanning salon but later confessed to abandoning the children.
Officer Hamby said when he arrived the vehicle was locked and the windows were closed. He looked inside of the Dodge Caravan and saw both children screaming and saturated in sweat. The officer opened the door to remove the children; as he was taking the boy from the caravan the neglectful nanny came out of the tanning salon and removed the little girl from the car. Hamby said he could feel the heat radiating from the child’s body through his bullet proof vest.
Neighbors were stunned when they heard how the nanny had abused these children. One neighbor, Sheila Drubecq, said she could not believe that happened. “Why would you leave somebody in a car? That is someone’s kid.” Randy Haynes, another neighbor, said “It just shows you do not care, that is bad and very selfish. You do not leave kids in the car, they are not animals. You should not leave animals in the hot car either.”
At least 44 children died in 2013 from being left in hot cars while those who were thought to care abandoned them. This year alone 13 children have already died from the same level of child abuse, thankfully a witness saw these children and got help before it was too late.
Jones was charged with recklessly endangering another, two counts each of first-degree criminal mistreatment, first-degree child neglect and for driving with a suspended license. She pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court; her next court date is August 15. This neglectful nanny has previously been arrested many times for theft, DUI and failing to meet the terms of her release.
There are no recorded instances of the nanny having mistreated the children on previous occasions. This does not mean abuse has not occurred in times past; it is hard to believe someone could be that selfish and self-centered that they would go to this extreme to risk the lives of children. Although the newborn would not be able to express her concerns in the same manner her brother could there are still signs to let a parent know if the nanny is right for their child.
It can be difficult to know exactly how things are going when parents are not around but there are a couple of things that will be evident if the child and nanny have formed a close bond. First, the child will light up at first sight of the nanny and will look forward to the time they spend together. Also, the child will not be able to stop talking about the nanny and the things they do and say when they are together.
Kristen Marie Jones was arrested after leaving a newborn and toddler in a sweltering hot car so she could go to the Sunblaze Tanning Salon. Temperatures exceeded 90 degrees when the nanny abandoned the children who were left in her care. A concerned citizen called the police after she passed the car and saw the two children covered in sweat and crying.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)