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Mother arrested after leaving child in car


By Eve Sullivan
Staff Writer

Published July 26 2005

STAMFORD -- A Stamford woman was arrested yesterday after she accidentally locked her 23-month-old son in her steaming hot Audi, then refused to let emergency workers break the window to free him.

Susan Guita Silverstein, 42, of 124 Fieldstone Road, was charged with reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

Her son, who police said was "nonresponsive" when he was removed, spent more than 20 minutes in the car before the window was smashed open.

"As soon as they told me the air conditioning was not on, that's when I told them to break the window," said Capt. Susan Bretthauer, who ordered the command over the radio.

The baby was taken to Stamford Hospital "for precautionary measures," Bretthauer said. He was treated and released, a nursing supervisor said last night.

A call to the family for comment was not returned last night.

Silverstein went to the HomeGoods store on High Ridge Road to shop and inadvertently locked her keys in the car with the child in the back seat, Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said.

Silverstein called 911 at 1:03 p.m. and the dispatcher advised her to break the window because it was so hot, Shawinsky said. Silverstein refused and requested assistance, he said.

Police and firefighters arrived to find the toddler locked in the back seat of her silver Audi A4, which was parked near the side of the building.

Silverstein asked firefighters not to break the window of the Audi, so they tried to use a lock kit, but it didn't work, Shawinsky said.

Silverstein continued telling firefighters she did not want them to break the window, according to police reports. She then told them to stop and that she would go home to get a spare set of keys, police said.

Silverstein flagged down a friend in the parking lot and left the child with the fire department to go home to get the keys, police said. It is unclear whether she called the friend to help her. The distance between HomeGoods at 29 High Ridge Road and Silverstein's home on Fieldstone Road is about 1.5 miles, a six-minute trip or 12 minutes round-trip. While Silverstein was gone, Bretthauer said she learned that the child had been in the car more than 15 minutes, so she ordered emergency workers to break the window. Firefighters broke open the front driver's-side window and removed the boy.

"The child was, at first, nonresponsive, then became responsive," said Bretthauer, who arrived as they were breaking the window.

Police said the boy was placed in the back of an air-conditioned police cruiser for a short time before an ambulance took him to the hospital.

When she returned to the parking lot with the keys, Silverstein was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser.

She was released on $2,500 bond last night for an Aug. 4 appearance in state Superior Court in Stamford.

According to the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center, the temperature reached a high of 88 degrees yesterday afternoon.

Temperatures rise rapidly in a closed vehicle, according to research done at San Francisco State University. In the first 10 minutes, the temperature rises 19 degrees higher than the outside temperature. It rises another 10 degrees in the next 10 minutes and another 5 degrees in the third 10-minute period.

When body temperature reaches 104 degrees, heat stroke starts, with rapid breathing, excessive sweating and unconsciousness, according to the university. Organs start to fail when body temperature reaches 107 degrees.

The bodies of small children heat up three to five times faster than the bodies of adults. While it might take an adult hours to have heat stroke, a child can suffer heat stroke in 20 to 30 minutes.
 

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Re: I love my car, but this lady\'s sick!

Should have smashed her then the window or better yet use her to smash the window.
 

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[censored] that lady.... what kind of parent is that? i bet she went in for a [censored] latte or something... grrrrr
 

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what a dumb mom. She shouldn't even be considered a mom. Great way to take care of your kids and you don't want them to smash the window for their own lives. WHATEVER!!!!!
 

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Should have smashed her then the window or better yet use her to smash the window.
BWHAHAHA! Grab her head and "SMASH"... problem solved.
*always use your...no...someone else's head*
 

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what a f'ing dumb ass! I swear to freekin' god some people just shouldn't reproduce.
 

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Should have smashed her then the window or better yet use her to smash the window.
I vote for this one!


Yeah, that lady must suck some big ones, how stupid do you have to be? My mom doesn't let me chill out in the car without her there and it running now, she def. didn't do it whne I was 23 months old!


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Should have smashed her then the window or better yet use her to smash the window.
I vote for this one!


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Why would they even ask, break the window, then 'accidentally' break her head putting her in the back of a squad car. This bitch needs to be a Darwin Award winner.
 

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Yet another one of those people that seems to think, "It's OK we can make another one".
 

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a kid can die in an unconditioned car in under 30 minutes... they did the right thing.. she's a retard. If it were my kid, heck, if it were anything I valued over a $300 window, the window gets it.
 

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I dunno. I would be pretty pissed if I had to break the window of my Audi. The kid was fine and the police over reacted, I think. They are just doing this to make an example out of her and that sucks for her.
'kid was unresponsive when removed'

over reacted
 

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I dunno. I would be pretty pissed if I had to break the window of my Audi. The kid was fine and the police over reacted, I think. They are just doing this to make an example out of her and that sucks for her.
If the mother went home and couldn't find the key the baby would have been screwed if they would have tried to wait for her.

Look at it this way...if the baby died while the woman was gone, she would have most likely sued the police department for not getting her baby out while she was gone.

After working at AAA I have hear more than one of these stories. I have actually had calls where people would not let a driver break their window, so the driver called the police.

Some high end cars are impossible to break into with unlocking tools, and some people are irrational when it comes down to a window in their expensive car or their baby...


Some parents should be beaten senseless with their own arms.
 

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How much force is necessary to put someones head through a window???
 

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That could mean the kid was sleeping. The way the writer wrote it makes it sound like the kid was unconscious, but never says exactly. Unresponsive could mean anything. I bet there's a lot more to the story than what is in this article.
 

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i can't believe what i'm reading...you have a human life that was in serious danger and you think it's all ok because it was ok in the end?

hindsight is 20/20.
 
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