Friday, December 29, 2006

my sister and i saw this on the news last night


and we are aghast. this is un effing believable

Grandmother, mother charged in home alone fire


(Waterford-WTNH, Dec. 28, 2006 3:45 PM) _ A Waterford grandmother and her daughter have been charged with leaving three children home alone where a fire broke out.
by News Channel 8's Tina Detelj
Neighbors still cannot believe what went on inside a Waterford home the night it went up in flames.
"I would say if they had not have gotten out who knows? Within another five or six minutes they wouldn't be alive today," said neighbor Bill Meyer.
According to court papers, an eleven year old boy who was home alone with his younger sister and cousin, called his grandmother at work to tell her there was a fire in her bedroom.
The boy said, "I'm scared, I'm really scared."
The grandmother, 51-year old Edwina Naholnik then asked, "How much smoke is in the house?"
He answered, "The whole house. Are you going to come home?"
Naholnik responded, "I'm not, but I'm going to get Mommy to."
Police say nearly 18 minutes passed before Naholnik called 911 to get firefighters to the scene.........

............Naholnik's daughter, 29-year old Brandi Naholnik, the mother of two of the children, made it to the house just in time to get them out. Apparently the grandmother did not want anyone to know the kids were left home alone while she worked the nightshift at Pfizer's emergency dispatch center.
According to the center's tapes, Edwina Naholnik told her daughter, "You have to tell them that you were sleeping and that the kids woke you up." ...............

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

EDWINA'S HUSBAND IS A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER - OF 25 YEARS. BUT HE MANAGED TO ESCAPE CRIMINAL CHARGES. ALONG WITH HIS SON WHO LEFT HIS SEVEN YEAR OLD IN THE HOUSE THAT NIGHT. HE WAS AT WORK WITH EDWINA, AT MILLSTONE.

a rose is a rose said...

like i said, i'm aghast. leaving the kids alone is one thing (i'm NOT justifying this either), NOT TELLING THEM TO GET THE HELL OUT OF A BURNING HOUSE is yet another.

if people cannot care for their children and their granchildren they should be taken away and given to someone who CAN care for them (and not just to someone who wants an extra montly income either).

we MUST protect and love our children. we ALL must pitch in

Anonymous said...

With their mom and grandmother in jail these children are still suffering. Brandi left her children in her mother's care to give them a better chance at a good education in the Waterford school system. Her mother has been a very capable caretaker up to this point and made a VERY bad choice to say the least, however Brandi acted as soon as she was aware of the situation and was appalled at the decision of her mother to not have the children leave the home. Yes, a punishment is in order for Brandi, but jail time is very severe for someone with no prior criminal record and four children to support on her own. She has lost her job which was her only means of support, and her family. The children are constantly crying for their mommy and the court should seriously consider who is at fault here and release Brandi to her four children as soon as possible.

a rose is a rose said...

me going off on every and anything (including birth control and EDUCATION) isn't going to help anyone.

i don't relish the thought of those kids in a foster home for one moment.

while i have no reason to doubt the mother rushed over once she found out, i am dubious about her choice for the children's caretaker. i understand wanting a better life for your kids. i really do.

what the grandmother did though, was WAY BEYOND a bad decision.

i am sorry ALL of this happened.

a rose is a rose said...

although it pained me to do so, i had to remove your comment anonymous. you made some very serious allegations. i could not in good faith leave them