June 14, 1995 in Nation/World

Mom Arrested In Sons’ Deaths Woman, 20, Charged With Murder After Leaving Two Little Boys In Sealed Car For 10 Hours

Associated Press
 

A young mother whose two little boys died after being left in a sweltering car while she partied in a motel room was arrested on murder charges Tuesday.

Jennie Bain, 20, began to cry as she arrived by car to surrender at the prosecutor’s office, in the company of her parents and her lawyer.

As officers drove her to the jail to be booked, the group drove past the motel where Bain went to party a week earlier with four men. A light blue ribbon was tied to the motel’s flagpole.

Devin, almost 2, and Dustin, 1, were left in the car with the windows rolled up. The boys died of hyperthermia, or overheating, after spending up to 10 hours buckled in their car seats. The temperature inside had reached at least 120.

Investigators say Bain drank alcohol, then fell asleep.

A grand jury indicted her on two charges of first-degree murder. She was released after posting $75,000 bail.

If convicted, she faces life in prison on each count.

Bain had gone to the motel about 3:30 a.m. The four men, with whom she once worked at an auto parts manufacturing plant, told police that Bain periodically went out to her car, but they didn’t know the boys were in the back seat.

An hour after she discovered her children, she was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.06 percent.

The boys’ estranged father, James Ducker, 23, said Bain was a neglectful mother. He lives in Marshall, N.C.

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