ANDREW STEPHEN CULPEPPER – ANOTHER FORGOTTEN CHILD DYING IN A HOT VEHICLE
ANDREW STEPHEN CULPEPPER
Andrew Stephen Culpepper died at the age of 2 after being forgotten in a hot vehicle by his father, Andrew Culpepper, parked in front of their house.
Culpepper had picked Andrew up from his paternal grandparents home after work. When he arrived at his home after the 15 to 20 minute drive, he forgot that his sleeping son was in the vehicle with him. He headed into the house, where is fiancé and Andrew’s mom, Lonnie Rene Hecker, and their daughter were also home, he laid down on the couch and fell asleep. Andrew was not thought of until 3 hours later when his sister woke Culpepper up and asked where her brother was. Culpepper realized what had happened and ran out to the vehicle. Andrew was nonresponsive and Culpepper began CPR, but the efforts were far too little, far too late, the heat of the day had reached 93 degrees, temperatures in the car reached as high as 130 degrees or more in the vehicle. When emergency workers arrived, they pronounced little Andrew dead at the scene.
All the usual excuses were thrown around, Culpepper normally did not pick the boy up, he had worked a long day, he was taking medication for a spider bite that made him drowsy (So my medication for my migraines can make me a little sleepy, does that mean if I forget one of my children after taking the prescribed amount resulting in their death that I am not accountable for what happened, that I should not be held responsible for negligence at the very least??) – all of those sympathetic sentiments whispered absolving a parent from their role in their child’s death – parents who are the SOLE reason that child is dead.
Culpepper was not charged in Andrew’s death. The prosecutor, Mobley, actually gave his reason for choosing not to prosecute as “Mr. Culpepper and his fiancé are certainly sad about it all, and they would certainly undo it if they could.” *&@%*$&U@!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure that a drunk driver who kills a family is certainly sad about what they have done – BUT BEING SAD IS NOT A GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! I am sorry that this has happened, and I am sorry that Culpepper is in this situation, but he is here by his own doing, and that is an undeniable simple fact.
While Culpepper has many advocates for his innocence, I am here to advocate for Andrew’s justice – and I cannot overlook this beautiful little man’s death simply because his remorseful father forgot.
~ by LTWH on July 31, 2014.