Sheriff: Parents left infant in running car on cold night, spent 45 minutes in Randolph bar

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  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 7:07 PM

A mom and dad left their baby alone for at least 45 minutes in a car — engine running and heat on — while they went into a small-town bar in Dakota County one freezing night last week, and now authorities are weighing charges against the couple, according to the sheriff.

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banndcathyDec. 13, 13 8:54 AM

Nice idea and I know they were trying to be responsible, but just bring the kid into the bar!

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bracystakeDec. 13, 13 9:01 AM

For cryin' out loud. Bring the baby in with you if you have to stop at the bar that badly.

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iversondDec. 13, 13 9:52 AM

This is an interesting one. The parents absolutely should have brought the baby in with them, but as a parent of two children under 4, it's tough to decide where the line is on this kind of thing. 45 minutes in a bar in subzero whether is way over the line, but is it okay to leave them in the car (locked, running, heat on) for under five minutes while I run into a gas station and use the restroom? Probably, but where's this line? 10 minutes? 15? Does temperture make a difference? Maybe if it's below zero even a five minute restroom run is a no-no.

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AngusmeatsDec. 13, 13 9:52 AM

Bring baby into bar....

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pannagpampDec. 13, 1310:03 AM

@iversond, JUST TAKE THEM IN WITH YOU even if it is just 5 minutes to use the bathroom! It may be a little inconvenient, but takes away all questions. You never know when some crazy is going to jump into that running car and take off, with or without kid in the back seat!

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mattaudioDec. 13, 1310:07 AM

Randolph may be in Dakota County, but it's definitely not in the "metro." If you drive there down 52/56, you'll spend more time passing farm fields than urbanized land uses.

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gopher68Dec. 13, 1310:22 AM

I left my kids (5 and 3) in the locked car once when I went into the convenience store to buy something and once I even left them in the car when I went into the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner. Both times when I returned to the car they were still there. I haven't heard too many stories about kids being snatched by kidnappers from locked cars. Now, years later, it doesn't appear that the kids have had any long-term development issues. I never left them alone in cars when they were infants, however.

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tracerbulletDec. 13, 1310:28 AM

It's unfortunate you don't have to pass a basic skills and common sense test before being able to have kids.

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