The July 4th Knucklehead Marathon Part Twenty-Three
Our twenty-third winners today are Juan Carlos and Danette Rodriguez. They get the award for the following.
Two Orange County parents were arrested on child-abuse charges after telling authorities they accidentally left their 3-year-old daughter in a stroller while they rode Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World.Never assume anything when it comes to small children. Life is just too precious. Whether this was just an innocent mistake, I won't pass judgment. The girl is alive fortunately, and Juan Carlos and Danette Rodriguez should be grateful for that besides being today's twenty-third Knucklehead winners of the Day.
A Magic Kingdom patron alerted park management about 4:45 p.m. Saturday after spotting the girl in a stroller parked in the sun, according to a report released Monday by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Parents Juan Carlos, 35, and Danette Rodriguez, 32, approached park workers, seeking their daughter, about 50 minutes later.
The couple said the girl was asleep inside a double stroller and got lost in the shuffle as their group of two adults and four children approached the ride, they told investigators.
When they entered the attraction, the father said he thought his wife had their daughter, while she thought her husband had her.
Shortly afterward, the father went back outside to move the stroller to a designated area but failed to see the little girl, he told deputies.
The parents realized their daughter was missing only after they left the ride.
The couple, of Cypress Trail Drive, were arrested on one count each of child abuse and released from the Orange County Jail on Sunday on $2,500 bail each.