One-Year-Old Child Dies After Being Left in Locked Car at Elementary School [Updated]

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Vibha Marks
A 1-year-old child died after being left in a locked car in the parking lot of Frank Guzick Elementary School in Pleasant Grove. The child's mother is a teacher at the school, according to a statement from Dallas ISD.

A statement from the Dallas Police Department says that a witness observed the child unattended in a locked car around 1:20 p.m. The witness called 911, then broke a window out of the vehicle, removed the child, and started to perform CPR. Dallas Fire and Rescue arrived to taken the child to Baylor Hospital, where he or she was pronounced dead.

Although the police haven't confirmed this, FOX 4 reports that the witness was a student from a nearby school. NBC, meanwhile, reports that it was a teacher's aid.

According to a statement from Dallas ISD, the mother of the dead child is a teacher who only recently started working at Guzick. She's been placed on administrative leave by the district. Dallas ISD says it sent out a letter to parents after school telling them that both the staff and the students "were safe at all times."

"Obviously this is a very tragic situation," the statement adds. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the teacher and her family at this time, as well as the staff at Guzick Elementary."

DISD adds that grief counselors will be at the school on Monday.

Update, 11:20 p.m.: The mother, now identified as 42-year-old Vibha Marks of Balch Springs, has been arrested. Her baby, WFAA reports, was Victoria Marks. Her first birthday was yesterday. Marks is being charged with abandoning a child in danger of imminent bodily injury; her bond has been set at $50,000.

WFAA has also identified the woman who tried to save the child as Guzick teacher's aide Exenia Gomez, a Skyline High School senior. Gomez smashed the window of Marks' vehicle with a 2 x 4 she had in her truck; she held baby Victoria and performed CPR until the paramedics arrived. She told the Dallas Morning News that Victoria had been wearing flowered shorts and a pink top. She was still strapped into her carseat when Gomez found her.


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33 comments
keeponkeepinitdown
keeponkeepinitdown

This is just the late term abortion that should have happened  earlier with the morning after pill. 

mcdallas
mcdallas

I blame George Bush.  And also Obama.

Daniel
Daniel

Every year we get a fresh round of these incidents, along with fresh volleys of "it's tempting to judge her but, if we're honest, it could have been any of us" opinion pieces. At some level I feel compassion for these parents, but I frankly can't imagine -- in a million years --  accidentally doing this to a pet gerbil, let alone a child, much less my own child. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

She wasn't responsible enough to take care of her own child, she should never be allowed to to teach or care for anyone else's child ever again.  As a parent of a 1 year old, how the fuck do you leave him/her in the car whether its to run into the store or to go into work for the day.  It's never crossed my mind to just leave my boy in the car while I grab a sixer or some lotto tix.  

Txgirl2
Txgirl2

This HS Senior needs to be commended for bravery and simple compassion. I am heartsick this did not turn out well, but the young lady who took action must be spoken of...How many 18 year olds would think that fast..alone and take steps to fix this...At 18, many still think collectively...Not so much individually. I was not that strong at 18. I admire her.

keeponkeepinitdown
keeponkeepinitdown

A+ for the bravery of the student for doing what she did.

F- for this dumb bitch. 

Vibha Marks

Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional

Dallas/Fort Worth Area Health, Wellness and Fitness

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@keeponkeepinitdown Actually, the "morning after pill" is not an abortifacient. It merely disrupts fertilization or ovulation. You may be thinking of RU486, also known as the "abortion pill."

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@Daniel Read Gene Weingarten's "Fatal Distraction" -- you can find it online.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@ScottsMerkin 

You should read the article Anna_Merlan posted.  Very enlightening.  You don't think it could happen to you , nor I to me, but it could.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@keeponkeepinitdown Ah, the Monday morning opinionators, making those really tough calls, thinking those really deep thoughts.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@TheCredibleHulk

Don't feed the troll.  These comments are the only thing it's pathetic life has to look forward to.

Daniel
Daniel

@CornyDoggy @ScottsMerkin I actually looked it up at Bill Marvel's suggestion even before Anna posted a link, began reading it, realized I'd read it before -- more than once, I believe -- and stopped because it's just too. Fucking. Heartrending. Haunting, actually. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@CornyDoggy I did, i would hope I never did that, couldnt see myself doing that, but fuck me, that was a heart wrenching read.  I dont know how it happens. 

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

I should probably take my own advice

Daniel
Daniel

@cornydoggy @ScottsMerkin  P.S. I still can't imagine myself doing that. It's perhaps not possible for any parent to imagine himself doing that. As I said, I feel deep compassion for these parents. Their anguish is unimaginable. I would probably literally go jump off a bridge.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@DanielJeez, Daniel -- If you go around deleting stuff just because it's stupid, what's gonna be left here?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Daniel @ScottsMerkin ah I was confused, i saw it on my email, and read your comment and was trying to figure out where you were going with it, oh well.   I delete some stuff I type bc when I re read it, its dumb

Usually though, it says, "comment was deleted"


bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@keeponkeepinitdown Just so your mind is  clear, down, I'm against murder. I've just never thought it necessary to shout it from my rooftop, nor have I ever thought of rooftop murder condemnation as a necessary mark of conservative values.

By the way, leaving a baby in hot car is not considered murder, strictly speaking, in any jurisdiction I'm aware of. But just to clarify any remaining doubts in your mind, I'm against that, too.

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