Heat sickens children on basketball court
The temperature reached 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday in the St. Louis area.
August 3rd, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Heat sickens children on basketball court

Police responding to a call about four dead bodies on a Missouri basketball court found two adults and two children alive but suffering from exposure to the heat, CNN affiliate KSDK reported Tuesday.

Officers in Pine Lawn woke the adults, who said they were merely napping. But the two children, ages 3 and 4, were drenched in perspiration and urine and had steam rising from their bodies, KSDK reported.

The children were hospitalized. The woman, who is the children's mother, was arrested and may be charged with parental neglect, the station reported.

Pine Lawn is 10 miles northwest of St. Louis. The temperature in the area reached 102 degrees Tuesday, KSDK reported.

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  1. Philip

    The sun get's enough heat from US for cooking kids and pets. How about a CNN special advertising the fact that over 2,100 children go missing in America each day. We do find about 1,500 of them right-away each day. But we only find one or two per week who are dead. Where are the other 500 per day? Many are just toddlers. What's happening to them right now? If al-qaeda were doing it you'd be up in arms, and long ago.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      *very* true Philip...the agencies that do try and find these kids are very much still on their own.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    "If you thought" al-qaeda were doing it, rather.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    I'm glad Mom was arrested.
    Stupid woman...

    August 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |

    @banasy.. why ? the sun is the one that did it...

    August 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy


    Uh, do you think Mom should be commended for letting her kids run around drenched in sweat and p!ss?
    While Mom was "napping" on a basketball court?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Was Mom too stupid to come in out of the heat?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I liken this to the dorks who lock their kids and pets in cars...

    August 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Curious

    I don't know, maybe RUFFNUTT has a point, what with the violent nature of the Sun. Why just earlier she erupted and sent radiation hurling towards us. Me thinks proper charges are in order.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    "Arrest that Sun!!"

    August 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Curious

    Better do it soon or she'll start her 13 degree getaway from the Norhthern Hemisphere. Best alert Interpol(ar). Ha ha yeah, I couldn't help it.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    You are a silly human, Curious.
    And for that, I thank you.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    let her prison cell be a open court yard with full direct sunlight.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    I get the feeling the adults were wasted! I mean people don't normally go out to the basketball court to take a nap! Those babies should just be removed from the moms custody, permanently! We have heat advisories in many states, asphalt is melting, small kids should be somewhere cool, not laying down on a b-ball court, steaming like a sauna! Where's the Complaint Department, I want some action on this immediately, if not sooner! Too over the top? I'll calm down, now!! 😎

    August 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George

    @ Fernance...NO! never clam down over any atrocities being done to our most vulnerable.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • George


      August 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ummmm.....

    Never clam down.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
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