Update: Georgia Grandmother charged with murder in death of grandchild

United States
January 18, 2016 11:19am CST
I told you the story about the grandmother, Barbara Pemberton, from Georgia who left her 13-month-old grand baby in a car with the motor running and the heat on for 5 1/2 hours. She visited friends and left the baby in the car and never checked on him. He was dead when she finally left 5 1/2 hours later. You asked me to follow up on this story and I have information now. She has been charged with second degree murder and cruelty to children. Her bond is $100,000. This is all I have right now, but if I find out more on this case I will share it. You have to wonder why the friends she visited didn't do anything. They knew the baby was in the car. Could they be charged also?
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• United States
18 Jan 16
Good move to prosecute her.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
Absolutely..hope she doesn't come up with the bail money.
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@yukimori (9092)
• United States
18 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill She deserves to sit there alone for eternity and then some. I'd be side-eyeing the heck out of anyone who posted bail for her. I don't even think you can argue that it was anything other than deliberate neglect at best. If she were my mother, I'd probably be the one in jail on murder charges.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
@yukimori The odd thing, the baby's mom/dad have never been mentioned. I wonder if she had custody?
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@AnneEJ (4978)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Jan 16
Thanks for sharing that info. She deserves to be punished.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
She sure does.
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• Preston, England
18 Jan 16
I'd say it makes the friends at least accessories to manslaughter
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• United States
19 Jan 16
I wonder if they will be charged, we'll have to see...Is 'Stupid' chargeable?
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• Preston, England
19 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill it certainly should be
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• United States
19 Jan 16
@arthurchappell If it was the jails would have overflowed long ago.
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@pgiblett (6576)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
I can't believe she cared so little for the child.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
No one, mostly no one, can understand how this happens. I wouldn't leave my dog in a car like that for 10 mins.
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@pgiblett (6576)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill There have been so many snatched babies over the last decade that most people should know not to leave children in the car.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
@pgiblett Well they showed the home on the news and they have two rather mean looking boxers in the yard, so that could be a deterrent.
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@Elizaby (4090)
• Pensacola, Florida
18 Jan 16
If they really knew the child was in the car they should be charged with accessory
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• United States
18 Jan 16
The friends knew - they kept telling the gmom to go check on the baby.
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@whiteream (3800)
• United States
18 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill Why didn't one of them go out and get hiim. they are just as much to blame.
@DianneN (88053)
• United States
18 Jan 16
That's a great start towards her punishment,!
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• United States
18 Jan 16
I hope she gets a good long sentence.
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@moondebi (1209)
• Bangalore, India
18 Jan 16
I have missed the first part, but seems she has been awarded the right punishment, though, nothing is enough for this kind of an offence.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
I know what you mean, but at least she is in jail and will have her day in court to explain herself maybe.
@LadyDuck (182619)
• Switzerland
19 Jan 16
In my opinion the friends should be charged too. They knew, they are adults, someone had to get up and go to check if she did not.
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• United States
19 Jan 16
I agree, oh, granny is out on bail.
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@LadyDuck (182619)
• Switzerland
19 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I cannot believe it, she has not even spent two days in jail.
• United States
19 Jan 16
@LadyDuck Someone paid her bail that's the judicial system.
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
19 Jan 16
also a baby should never go that long without being checked on, when not at home, and maybe even then
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• United States
19 Jan 16
I heard she is out on bail.
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• Centralia, Missouri
19 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill ugg, she needs to have some stuff slapped on her that doesnt allow her near children without supervision
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• United States
19 Jan 16
@Jessicalynnt You got that right, but does that ever happen?
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@yukimori (9092)
• United States
18 Jan 16
Personally, I think the friends should be charged, too. If I'd known that the person visiting had a toddler in the car, I would have done way more than just "suggest 2 or 3 times" that she check on him. Sorry, no way am I enabling my friends to neglect a child like that. If they were really concerned about the kid, they should have told her the visit was over and kicked her butt to the curb.
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• United States
18 Jan 16
It is possible there will be more charges, I'll wait and see. He friends weren't smart were they.
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@yukimori (9092)
• United States
18 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I'm going to plead the fifth before I vio myself out of here... But yes, they all were winners, weren't they?
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• United States
18 Jan 16
@yukimori A bunch of morons (I think we can call them that w/o getting in trouble.
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@nanette64 (18081)
• Fairfield, Texas
19 Jan 16
Possibly as accomplices @AbbyGreenhill . That is just insane.
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• United States
19 Jan 16
yes it is, they must all be stupid or lazy or..crazy.
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@nanette64 (18081)
• Fairfield, Texas
19 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I know I go crazy when I see an animal locked in a car, so if I saw a child, there would be a busted window and the cops on the way.
@Marty1 (36845)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
19 Jan 16
Somebody in Pennsylvania a man took his three kids out and left them in a car went to watch a football game Sunday and went home with one child missing. The police took the baby, and the mother and grandmother filed a missing persons report Then the father came to the police station and started getting out of hand and ended up getting tasered! I hope that man gets life for jail since it was below freezing, and the kid had no socks or coat on him
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• United States
19 Jan 16
He left them to go to a football game...geeze...then lost one...OMG. I hope he is not allowed to see those kids again.
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@Marty1 (36845)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
19 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I have to read still the newspaper today, and if it isn't there I will look it up I forget what his punishment was, Sorry!
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@1creekgirl (12498)
• United States
19 Jan 16
I read that the grandmother was watching the baby and got the impression that the baby lived with his parents and 3 siblings . Not sure how accurate that is. Just so sad for that precious baby.
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• United States
19 Jan 16
I heard earlier that she is out on bail.
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@gr8nana6 (2187)
• United States
18 Jan 16
In my opinion they all should be charged, they all knew that baby was out there and did nothing. One of them should have gone and checked on the baby
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• United States
19 Jan 16
Definitely. Three grown-ups and not an ounce of sense.
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@PainsOnSlate (20662)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
I hope she gets jail time to think about how cruel she was. I can't imagine how that happened , other than on purpose.
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• United States
19 Jan 16
I am not a mother but even I would know better than to do that.
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@rosekiss (30258)
• Eugene, Oregon
18 Jan 16
That is a so sad. I wonder why she didn't take the baby insdie with her? It really makes no sense at all. It sounds to me like she didn't care for him or life in general. The punshement she got is just right. She needs to stay behind bars, and they need to throw away the key. A person like that has no business out in society with other children. I feel for the parents, as it has to be hard on them as they trusted her, and look what happened. This really breaks my heart as things like this are hard to read about.
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• United States
19 Jan 16
She said he was sleeping and didn't want to wake him up - I guess it was 'easy' to just let sleeping kids be,.
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@whiteream (3800)
• United States
18 Jan 16
If you ask me that's not enough. I find stories like this hard to believe. Since when I my son was there was always someone with him or checking on him.
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• United States
19 Jan 16
I believe it, it happens way to often. A man in Georgia was convicted of first degree murder doing the same thing.
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@LeaPea2417 (22428)
• Toccoa, Georgia
18 Jan 16
I am glad she is in jail and has a high bond. I hope no dim wit relative or friend bails her out before her trial.
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• United States
19 Jan 16
You probably hear about this on your news too. Im sure there will be a lot more coming out.
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