3-Week-Old Baby Died Of Heat After 1,100 Mile Road Trip, Parents Arrested

Thu, August 8, 2013 12:48pm EST by 7 Comments
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How tragic! A darling baby girl passed away from heat exhaustion after being overheated in a van during a 15-hour cross-country family road trip. Her parents have been arrested for neglecting her in this horrible situation.

Christopher Randolph, 28, and Angela Randolph, 26, have been arrested after their 3-week-old baby girl Hanna died in their car on August 6. The family embarked on an over 1,000 mile journey from Columbus, Ohio to Ringling, Oklahoma in a van with no air conditioning and only one functioning window. The parents were charged in child negligence resulting in death.

Baby Dies Of Heat Stroke — Parents Arrested After Road Trip Tragedy

Parents Christopher and Angela packed up their two babies for a 15-hour road trip to visit family in Oklahoma, according to police. When the couple stopped at a gas station in the town of Ardmore — about 20 miles from their final destination — they noticed that their 3-week-old daughter Hanna had stopped breathing.

Temperatures in Oklahoma that day soared to 100 degrees Fahrenheit by midday, when the baby was noticed unresponsive. She was rushed to the local hospital, where she was officially pronounced dead.

KOTV reports that police believe Hanna died from “complications from heat exposure,” with a full autopsy pending. Police believe that the baby likely overheated in the car that had a very minimal flow of air.

The baby was unable to survive the heat because “newborn infants have minimal ability to regulate their own body temperature and have fewer working sweat glands than children who are even a few months old,” The Daily Mail explains.

Randolph Couple’s Children Taken Out Of Their Custody

The Randolph couple’s 15-month-old baby was also in the car during the road trip, and has since been taken into protective custody. Ardmore police have reportedly learned that the couple have two other children who were taken out of their custody in 2010 in Ohio.

What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Do you believe the parents should have been arrested?

– Kristine Hope Kowalski

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michelle Lambert

Posted at 6:10 PM on September 4, 2013  

It would help if you had the story straight. First they were in a car. They showed the car on the news. Second the parents are being charged with second degree murder. Third these two lost their older two daughters to children services in 2010 in Ohio. They were currently under investigatio. With Franklin County children services. They have a history of child abuse amd neglect. It is pretty sad after the two girls were takenaway by children services that ttheyade Angela go on birth control and she purposely stopped and had it removed and went to Florida to jave the 18 month old because otherwise she would have ave lost the baby in the hospital. Relatives of this family have offered for years to take the children from them because of how they lack care for their children.

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Posted at 6:04 PM on August 21, 2013  

In my mind the only thing that should happen to the people that let this happen to their kids is DEATH. No just a quick one, something like being dropped in the desert and left to die.

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Posted at 1:14 AM on August 12, 2013  

Wtf. Wow.

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Posted at 9:26 AM on August 9, 2013  

These people are just white trash. Their firs 2 kids were taken away because they were living in a plae with no electric or running water. Just a month or so after they had their second child. The mothersexact words were, oh well if they took those kids I will just have more. These are people who need to be fixed permantly. My only question is why didn’t childrens services take these kids when they were born. This tragedy could have been avoided.

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Posted at 6:14 PM on August 8, 2013  

This is ridiculous! If they couldn’t afford a car with A/C what made them think they could afford to be parents a SECOND TIME! Poor little baby girl.

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Posted at 12:33 AM on August 12, 2013  

if you read the story this was there 4th child !!!! 2 were already taken away and then there was a 15 mth old in the car also

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Posted at 4:20 PM on August 8, 2013  

You would think they could buy condoms or get something done so u don’t have to worry about having kids….. three kids taken away and one kid dead the fk is wrong with people!?! smh!

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