Kansas woman arrested for leaving two toddlers in car in freezing temperatures for hours while she drank at bar

Kansas woman arrested for leaving two toddlers in car in freezing temperatures for hours while she drank at bar

A Kansas mom who left her two young children in her car in freezing temperatures for four hours while she drank inside a bar has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses.

Twenty six-year-old Tiara Dillon, of Lawrence, was arrested by the authorities after workers at the Playerz Sports Bar notified them about her after she refused to leave, and when they arrived at the scene, they found her two children, two-years-old and three-years-old, locked inside the car. She was subsequently charged with aggravated child endangerment and driving under influence.

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According to the Fox4KC, Dillon left the two children outside in the car in temperatures of 6-degrees Fahrenheit (-14-degrees Celsius) — the wind chill factor meant, for the human body, the temperature was -12-degrees Fahrenheit (-24-degrees Celsius) — to go drink at the bar on the night of Tuesday, 29 January.

She entered the bar at around 9:30 pm and would consume several drinks until 1:30 am when she was kicked out for reportedly making "erratic remarks."

However, the 26-year-old found that her car would not start and once again made her way back to the bar, prompting employees to call in the authorities.

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On arrival of the responding officers, Dillon had already fled the scene. They later saw that both her children were still in the car despite the sub-zero temperatures, though luckily, neither had been harmed. However, University of Kansas Health System pediatric critical care division manager Dr. Travis Langner told Fox the night could very well have ended in tragedy.

He said extreme temperatures like the one Lawrence is experiencing can be extremely dangerous, especially for small children because their bodies are incapable of adjusting to the deep freeze. He added that it only took a drop of a couple of degrees in body temp for hypothermia to kick in.

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"Definitely within minutes you could have that drop in what we call core temperature of the body," he explained. "Once it gets below 95 degrees, we start becoming very concerned and want those patients to present to the hospital because part of the treatment is to re-warm them a specific way that can't be done at home."

The 26-year-old's Facebook page suggests she suffers from Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that is caused when the immune system itself attacks the body.

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In a post she made this past June, she wrote, "Man having Lupus and two young baby girls and also have to take medicine for the rest of my life after being a young teen and being completely healthy (well I thought) to having to take medicine all your life in order for you to survive sucks! I can relate to the depression and all I'm praying for you and I mean that! I'm so tired myself man Lupus drains you mentally and physically! [sic]"

However, that didn't stop social media users from flooding her page and leaving mean-spirited comments. "You love them so much that you leave them in a car in subzero temps while you go drink in a bar. Shame on you," one wrote, while another posted, "Love them my ass. You don’t give a damn about those kids! You are disgusting trash and don’t deserve those sweet babies!"

Dillon made her first appearance in court on Thursday, January 31. Child Protective Services are continuing to investigate the incident.

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