Couple charged after leaving children inside vehicle at Bullitt Co. Courthouse


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 10:51 AM

(WHAS11) -- Two people have been arrested for leaving children in a hot car in front of the Bullitt County Courthouse.

Joseph Smith and Tabitha Moseley were taken into custody Wednesday morning.

Police said they left a one-year-old and an eight-year-old in the car. A passer-by saw the kids in the car and told an officer.

“She was very concerned. There were two small children unattended in a vehicle in the rear of the judicial center near the rail road tracks,” Detective Scotty McGaha said.

When the kids were found in the car, police said the temperature was already around 85 degrees outside. Moseley said she just ran in to use the bathroom. Smith also went into the courthouse.

“Our problem is it doesn’t matter if it's just a few minutes. You just do not leave small children unattended in a vehicle, whether it’s hot or it’s not hot. Especially small children like that,” McGaha said.

The issue has sparked a debate among parents.

“I’ve done it before, got out, paid for my gas with my infant kids in the car. You know, everyone does it,” Andy Bailey said.

“It doesn’t take but a couple minutes to get in a car. So, I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Roberta Asbaugh said.

The children are OK. Both Smith and Moseley are both charged with wanton endangerment.