Bullitt Co. judge sets bail for couple accused of leaving kids in hot car

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 2:27 PM

BULLITT CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two Bullitt County parents were punished with hefty bonds, accused of leaving their kids in a hot car outside of the Bullitt County Courthouse.

It was an emotional day in court.

"The court feels she is a danger to others and feels it is appropriate to set a $10,000 full cash bond," Judge Jennifer Porter said.

Visibly upset, crying and in disbelief. Tabbatha Moseley appeared in court via video. She and Joseph Smith were slapped with wanton endangerment charges after police said they left their two children in a hot car.

"You just don't leave small children unattended in a vehicle whether it's hot or it's not hot," Scotty McGaha with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department said. "Especially small children like that."

Smith is being held on a $5,000 bond - Moseley, double that. Both were ordered no contact with their kids.

Ironically, the courthouse parking lot was the scene of the crime. With the sun beating down, someone waved over a sheriff's deputy yesterday. The couple's 8-year-old and baby left alone in their car. They used the restroom inside the air-conditioned court building.

"It disgusts you. It really does," a concerned parent said.

Experts said on a day when temperatures are soaring into the 90s, the inside of your car can reach well above 110 degrees. Some parents said they're outraged by this case.

One concerned parent was inside the courtroom with her baby boy when Moseley and Smith confronted the judge. We can't identify her but she said her blood boiled over.

"I couldn't imagine leaving my son inside for five seconds let alone to go into a bathroom somewhere in a gas station. You hear things on the news about how kids get kidnapped or stolen or killed. I couldn't imagine that happening," the woman said.

Others disagree.

Andy Bailey, a concerned father, said: "If you just run in for a few seconds I don't see what the problem is with that, I've done it before. Got out and paid for my gas with my infant kids in a car."

But the Sheriff's department said they believe it was more than just a few seconds, enough to land them in jail.

The couple is due back in court at the end of July.

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