Arrests made in death of toddler in hot car

Posted: August 10, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.

Michael Hendrix, a Springdale police detective, examines a Ford Focus on Friday, Aug. 3, in the Walmart parking lot.

— Police on Friday afternoon arrested the great-grandparents of a boy who died after being left in a hot car.

William James Staten, 51, and Margette Inise Staten, 61, of Springdale were arrested in connection with misdemeanor negligent homicide.

Joniah Darius Chronister, 2, died after he was left in a car for about two hours Aug. 3 in the Springdale Wal-Mart parking lot.

Too bad they didn't live in Bentonville and work at Wal-Mart. They would have been given a pass.

Posted by: suek

August 10, 2012 at 5:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

This is appropriate, at the very least. This is child neglect supreme. A child should never be left in a hot car!

Posted by: SPA

August 10, 2012 at 6:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well they won't be able to say they were too young to know this was a dangerous thing to do.

Please throw them under the bus.....

Posted by: Tedro

August 10, 2012 at 6:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I don't think shock treatments would be appropriate. I think they should be stuck in a hot car for as long as they can stand without loosing consiousness just to get a taste of what these children went through so they can understand why the public is so upset with them. If you are that much of an airhead you shouldn't be supervising or taking care of any children at all.

Posted by: oldrustynut

August 10, 2012 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Most United States citizens like the WIDE-OPEN internet and have generally good morals regardless of religious beliefs and would not leave a child in a vehicle while shopping.

The open internet of PORN will no longer exist after resolves.

Then FCC will then be required to regulate ALL interstate and world-wide pervasive communications and NOT just broadcast TV and radio for cursing and indecency.

It is already United States law but is ignored. Why did none of the people who were parked nearby not charged as well? If I saw a child in a closed vehicle when it was that hot I would have let them out and waited for the parents. EVERY shopper parked nearby is guilty. No punishment will be as bad as the one they already have. Living the rest of their life knowing of causing the death of a child.

Posted by: CurtisNeeley

August 15, 2012 at 4:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )