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

Thu, August 8, 2013 12:48pm EDT by Kristine Kowalski 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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