Woman Leaves Grandchild Locked In A Car In A Mall Parking Lot

A North Carolina woman has been ticketed for leaving her 3-year-old grandson in the car while she shopped in a South Carolina mall.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Saturday that 51-year-old Dyna Gore Johnston of Tabor City, N.C., was given a ticket for cruelty to children. She is set to appear in court Dec. 30.

Officials paged Johnston after a mall security officer noticed a vehicle with a child inside had been parked in the parking lot at Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach for about 15 minutes. Police say Johnston returned about 20 minutes later and told officers she left her grandson in the car because he was sleeping and she didn't want to wake him.
There was no answer Saturday at a telephone listing for Johnston.


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  • by Mom Location: NC on Dec 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    Even Grandma should know better than that! That would be the last time Granny watched the baby! Watch Nancy Grace/News. Its SCARY! DO NOT LEAVE YOUR KIDS ALONE AT HOME OR IN THE CAR PEOPLE!
  • by JD Location: New bern on Dec 21, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    a ticket? She left a toddler alone in a car and all she got was a ticket? Seriously?!?!?! That is insanity. People seem to become more and more stupid with each passing day...
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Dec 21, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    Nathan, do you remember how cold it was Saturday? Sometimes you have to take a child's coat off so that they can comfortably fit in the carseat. Yes, the child was asleep but if you have ever been around small children you should know that they can be fast asleep one minute & wide awake the next. A lot of 3 year olds can figure out how to undo the carseat. How much traffic do you think there was in the mall parking lot the Sat. before Christmas? Do you think drivers were looking out for 3 yr olds running around the parking lot or were they looking for parking spaces? Someone was looking out for that child but it wasn't grandma! I hope you are not entrusted with any small children any time soon.
  • by Heh Location: ENC on Dec 21, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    You're all probably going to jump on me, but all this outrage at the grandmother amuses me A LOT. When I was a kid, my parents and grandparents left me out in the car (and several of your parents probably did, too), and I grew up to be a productive member of society. So, honestly, I don't see what the big deal is. There were just as many carjackings and kidnappings 19 years ago (when I was this kid's age), so I don't understand the "different time" argument, either.
  • by Vance on Dec 21, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    Nathen I personally cant find anything wrong with a kid reading the news or watching it on TV even though it is often times bias.She was reading the report she was not reading these post.I was merely making a point that it is sad that a little nine year old knows better than some so called parents or grandparents.
  • by Redic Location: MHC on Dec 21, 2009 at 01:31 AM
    It's very true that we live in a different time now, someone should have told her that. I saw on a news page the other day where Santa Claus was refered to as " an overweight, cookie addict" Then it went on to say if that was what we should be portraying to our children. Please its Santa Claus!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 21, 2009 at 12:45 AM
    First, I see nothing that says the grandmother has custody, so foster care probably isn't needed. Second, Im old enough to remember a lot of things like no seatbelt or carseat laws & riding in the front seat when very young... but at THAT age, left alone in a car? NO, NEVER. While I agree this is really child endangerment, not cruelty, anyone arguing that it's ok to do this just needs to stop 'cause you look silly. Nathan, can I just say about the tying up thing... TMI. Also.. if she wasn't capable of carrying the kid, then she shouldn't be trying to take the responsibility of taking him somewhere for anything other than being in the car with him. Re letting a 9 yr old read the site, the kid probably sees worse on the TV news & about any other popular program most people watch. lol
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 20, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    So it's now 35 minutes? See, I'm only going by the article. I wasn't there and I haven't read this on other news sites -- WITN's the only local site in my news rotation. But when I was a kid, I was left in the car for longer than that. Maybe 35 minutes at the most. But it wasn't a big deal. But since kids left in hot cars have become a big thing, people tend to overreact to it, and all I'm saying is it wasn't a big deal then and I don't see that much has changed. It wasn't a hot day, the kid was asleep, etc. And Vance, maybe you shouldn't let a nine-year-old read WITN. They tend to have some pretty violent stories up here. And for the record, I don't believe it was OK. I just don't believe it should be called "cruel". Because to do so would be to lessen the meaning of real cruelty. Kids whose parents are actually cruel to them wish their grandma would just let them sleep in the car for 15, 20, or 35 minutes instead of getting beaten day in, day out. One is not the other.
  • by Vance on Dec 20, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    To people up here that think this is OK to do this to a child,my little nine year old girl read this report while I was outside feeding my dog.She screamed daddy is this story true about the grandmom doing this?I said yes baby.She said how can a grown woman be so stupid.You people that think it is OK,You need to listen to a NINE YEAR OLD.GEEZ!
  • by Crystal Location: Washington on Dec 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    To "not the world I grew up in" if your pumping gas then your car is not unattended..it's scary the population these days isn't educated on the laws we have in NC, nevermind common sense.
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