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Officer Diane Mathews
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2017
Missing Children Found Inside a Nearby Abandoned Vehicle
On July 21, 2017 at approximately 11:38 AM the Montpelier Police Department received a report of two missing children ages one and half and age three from a residence in Montpelier. A parent had awoken at 10:30 AM and could not find them in the home. The children were found in an abandoned vehicle with the windows closed some 200 feet from the residence by a woman who was helping look for the children. The children had apparently entered the vehicle and were not able to get out. The three year old child was found to be tangled in the seat belt. The children were evaluated by Montpelier Ambulance Personnel at the scene and transported to the hospital for further evaluation but were conscious and alert. It is not known exactly how long the children had been inside the vehicle.
Trevor Carroll age 24, and Amber Guyette age 22, both of Montpelier, were charged with two counts each of Cruelty to a Child, which statutorily includes neglect or exposure of a child to potential serious harm. They both are scheduled to appear at a later date in Washington Superior Court Criminal Division. The Department of Children and Families is also investigating this incident.
Temperatures inside this particular vehicle were tested a short time after the incident with an infrared digital thermometer which showed results ranging from 110 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit inside the vehicle which was parked in a partially shaded location. The outside air temperature was approximately 80 degrees and it was partly sunny.
The Montpelier Police reminds everyone to remain aware of their young children’s whereabouts at all times, and to never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle even with the windows down at any time as temperatures inside a vehicle can quickly climb to dangerous, life threatening levels.