Couple Finishes Restaurant Meal While Child Tied in Hot Car

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Police in northwest Georgia have rescued a boy from a hot car where his mother's companion is accused of tying him up.

Ringgold, Georgia, police say a Cracker Barrel restaurant employee called police after seeing Raymond Minchew take the six-year-old out of the restaurant and return without him -- then finished eating his meal. Ringgold is about 13 miles southeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Police found the bound boy sitting in the car, crying.

Sergeant John Gass says the child was soaked with sweat and had a rope tied to one of his ankles. Gass says the temperature was in the 80s Saturday in Ringgold.

The 61-year-old Minchew and the boy's mother -- 35-year-old Rachel Gilchrist -- were arrested and charged with cruelty to children and concealing a weapon. There was a handgun in the car.

Investigators believe the boy was in the hot car for about a half hour.

Police Sergeant John Gass says the couple contended the boy had misbehaved, although witnesses at the restaurant disagreed.

The boy has been placed in protective custody.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Judy Location: Elba on Jun 18, 2007 at 05:17 PM
    I can't believe some of the comments from the idiots out there. Maybe they should all be tied up in a car for a couple of hours in Alabama heat. Wonder how long they would live. Leaving a child in a car is dangerous for so many reasons. It can get 120 degrees in a car. Why do you think they say don't leave pets in the car. Parents need to use better judgement in disciplining their children. No one is saying not to discipline just do it safely.
  • by Aaron Location: Binghamton, NY on Jun 17, 2007 at 06:14 PM
    "Let's support parents instead of tearing them down all the time!" People, especially small children, can quite quickly die in a hot car. This is widely known, and they didn't care. In fact, they *tied* the kid in with a rope like a dog.
  • by Cindy Location: Midland City on Jun 14, 2007 at 10:07 AM
    Posted by: bryan Location: Dallas,Texas USA Its time for the gvt to stop interfering with families and their choices when it comes to disciplining their children!What are they teaching this boy?To call the police every time that this parents try to give him some guidence or to alter his destructive behavior!Let's support parents instead of tearing them down all the time! Are you insane! They could have very well got a to go plate. What idiots! They should have known better.
  • by bryan Location: Dallas,Texas USA on Jun 13, 2007 at 03:35 PM
    Its time for the gvt to stop interfering with families and their choices when it comes to disciplining their children!What are they teaching this boy?To call the police every time that this parents try to give him some guidence or to alter his destructive behavior!Let's support parents instead of tearing them down all the time!
  • by Liz Location: Alabama on Jun 13, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    When will people realize that leaving children in a HOT car is extremely dangerous. I say put the parents in the car for a while and let them know how it feels. Hopefully the young man will be fine. He is in my prayers.
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