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Old 05-25-05, 06:09 PM
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Mom keeps kid in trunk 17 hours ~ kid didn't live

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,157656,00.html

Mom Charged After Son Left in Car Dies
Wednesday, May 25, 2005

SYLVA, N.C. A woman was charged with killing her 8-year-old son by keeping him locked in the trunk of a car while she was at work. Her lawyer says the boy was not restrained.

Devin Gibson was found dead Sunday. His mother, Michelle Joyce Gibson, 36, was charged Monday with second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and two counts of felony child abuse, authorities said. She was jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.

A preliminary autopsy showed Devin died of hyperthermia. High temperatures during the weekend in nearby Asheville were in the 70s.

Gibson left her son in the car's passenger compartment, not the trunk, while she worked, said her appointed lawyer, Rangy Seago. He said the back seat in Gibson's car folds down to allow access to the trunk from inside.

Gibson worked as a certified nursing assistant at Mountain Trace Nursing Center (search) in Jackson County. Seago said she left her post occasionally to check on her son.

"He was never restrained in the trunk away from the passenger area," Seago said. "I don't think he died being locked in the trunk. He could get out. All this trunk stuff is sensationalism. It's a sufficiently horrible tragedy as it is."


However, Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe said there is evidence that the boy was locked in the trunk. The last time anyone other than Gibson saw the boy alive was Friday night, the sheriff said.

After putting in a 17-hour day Saturday, Gibson returned to work at 7 a.m. Sunday, and about 4 p.m. told a co-worker she believed her son was dead, Ashe said. She returned to her apartment in Asheville, about 40 miles away, he said.

Asheville police found Gibson in the back seat of the car at the apartment complex, holding her dead son.

Gibson faces up to about 17 years in prison if convicted.

"She cries almost all the time," Seago said. "She's very grieved over the loss of her son. Here's a poor lady who's lost her child, and on top of that they come back and charge her with murder."

Police Gibson and Devin had been in and out of homeless shelters until a couple of months ago, when they moved in with friends.

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This is one of those cases where I believe in an eye for an eye. Lock the bitch in her own trunk--oh, sorry, unrestrain her in the passenger compartment--for 17 hours.

Poor kid.
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17 years that's bullshit...

This b*tch should spend the rest of her life in a cell as small as that trunk.
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It says that she drove home 40 minutes away before the police were notified. I wonder what part of the car the corpse rode in ~ the trunk or the front.
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I hope the bitch fries.
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What in the hell goes through these people's minds. It's that alien to me to think of anyone killing their own child, yet it happens all the time. These people should be dealt swift justice IMO.
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Although Im against the death penalty, its cases like these that really make it hard for me to argue against it.
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It's shameful how this happens again and again in this country. How she could have thought it was okay to lock a kid in a car for hours and hours like that is beyond me, though reading between the lines makes me think she had no child care and was afraid being homeless again if she lost her job. Cases like these depress the heck out of me--so much depends in this world on where you start, and that kid never had a chance.
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Although Im against the death penalty...
there go your chances for being elected president.
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It's weird when stuff like this makes everyone's medieval instincts come afloat.
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Maybe the kid was a butthead.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Maybe the kid was a butthead.
Or maybe he was just a bad tipper.

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Her lawyer says the boy was not restrained.
He was just locked in the trunk of a car.

Gibson left her son in the car's passenger compartment, not the trunk, while she worked
*cough* Bulls**t *cough* Yea I know a lot of kids that lock themselves in the trunks of cars.
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That bitch should fry in a small trunk-like confined space in 110 degree consitions. Stupid f'n bitch.

Nah, let me at her.

Sounds like the poor boy is better off. But how horrible of a death.
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Originally Posted by SleepyW
Or maybe he was just a bad tipper.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=424217

I was thinking the same thing....
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So exactly why isn't it possible the kid locked himself in the trunk. Don't cars with fold back seats to access the trunk open from passenger side? I'm not saying she should have left her kid in a car for 17 hours but I can easily see how it could have been an accident.

Single mom nowhere to take her kid. Gives the kid some money to go to the cafeteria when he gets hungry. Shows him where the play area is when he gets bored. Stupid as a doorknob sure but possible.
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I'm not sure which is worse. Having a friend to play with who's name is Lionel Tate, or being locked in a car.
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I'm not sure which is worse. Having a friend to play with who's name is Lionel Tate, or being locked in a car.
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Old 05-26-05, 02:27 AM
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I think the issue of whether he was "restrained" or not would be irrelevant. He probably would have died of the same thing (hyperthermia) if he was just sitting in the passenger seat. I also am kind of confused about what the report is describing - passenger seat compartment, back seat folds down - maybe the car is a hatcback?

I think there was this story a few years ago of some guy who left his baby in his car in the middle of the afternoon (when temps were in the high 90s) to play video poker for three hours and when he came back out, his son was dead.
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Unbelievable. Fry the bitch.
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A nursing assistant....you would think she would know better.

Further evidence the world is going down the shitter.
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