Friday 18 Jan 2019


Police: Mom Left Son In The Cold To Attend Christmas Party

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina woman locked her 10-year-old son out of their home in freezing temperatures and went to a party on Christmas Day.

Local media report the child was outside for nearly five hours Monday before the woman returned to their Cary home.

Arrest warrants show 43-year-old Susan Dowless has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse. She was arrested Wednesday and was being held on $5,000 bond.

Police say Dowless didn’t give her child adequate clothing, nourishment or supervision while she and other relatives went to a party from 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Forecasters say temperatures hovered around 38 degrees.

Police say the boy suffered no ill effects from the exposure and is with other family members. It wasn’t clear if Dowless had an attorney.


  1. My2cents says:

    I saw an interview with the family member on WRAL and he stated that the child was at a friends house. He was instructed that the family would be leaving at a certain time. If he wanted to go with them he should come home at a certain time before they left. If he didn’t, it was to be assumed he didn’t want to go and wanted to continue to stay with a friend. He didn’t come home so they left. And apparently the boy decided to come home later than instructed to find everyone was gone. So I see that part, the boy didn’t do what he was supposed too. But I do believe there should of been more follow-up from the mother. This is putting too much responsibility on a young child like this. and for Christ sakes, almost everyone these days has a cellphone.

  2. hamburgers4life says:

    Another news source stated that the mother and some other family members left to go to the party. So I don’t just blame the mom. But I would like to know why the child could not have just went with the mother to the party or why the child could not have stayed in the home. But either way this is a 10 yrs. kid. Hope the mom had the time of her life!

  3. Gail says:

    She probably went to the party looking for another baby daddy.

  4. Phil says:

    Stupid and irresponsible people like this has no business caring for their children. I’m glad the kid is ok.

    • gettin tired says:

      What a mother ?????????????????? They ought to take this child and give it to a more capable family member that has more SENSE. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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