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Augusta man, 82, charged with putting misbehaving boy, 5, in car trunk

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 9:27 PM
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 An 82-year-old Augusta man was arrested on a charge of reckless conduct Sunday after police say he placed a 5-year-old boy who was misbehaving in the trunk of his car.

Witnesses called the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office around 2:30 p.m. from the parking lot of the Kroger on the 3100 block of Deans Bridge Road after watching Hubert Conrad pick up the boy and put him in the trunk, according to a report. The boy and his twin brother were acting up in the store and wouldn’t stay buckled in the car, witnesses told deputies.

The witnesses followed Conrad to his home on the 2800 block of Glenn Hills Drive, where he was confronted by deputies and taken to the criminal investigation division, a report states. Conrad reportedly admitted to putting the boy in the trunk because he was having a hard time getting the child to calm down.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/01/12 - 10:35 pm
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One: How many times those

One: How many times those boys have been locked in a trunk or a closet? Two: Where are their parents? Three: What relationship is Conrad to these boys? Four: Now what?

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/01/12 - 10:47 pm
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Willow, Grand Dad's mad and

Willow, Grand Dad's mad and it looks like he will not be babysitting any more. Seems like the boys will not behave.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/01/12 - 11:14 pm
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Thank the good Lord, JRC, as

Thank the good Lord, JRC, as the "Sitter" has to be smarter than the "Sitted".

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InChristLove 01/01/12 - 11:21 pm
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Personally, I don't think an

Personally, I don't think an 82 year old man should have to deal with "babysitting" five year olds......they tire me out. I can imagine how frustrated he was. Not to say it was right but I'm trying to think of what the alternatives would have been if they wouldn't stay in their seatbelts. It doesn't say he was their Grandad, could possibly have been their great-grandad, wouldn't you think.

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fatboyhog 01/02/12 - 01:03 am
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Yeah, it's wrong. But, I'll

Yeah, it's wrong. But, I'll bet these little darlings won't disrespect Mr. Conrad anymore!

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Dixieman 01/02/12 - 06:08 am
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A vodka martini really calms

A vodka martini really calms down a five-year-old very promptly; no need for this sort of thing.

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seenitB4 01/02/12 - 06:17 am
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Yeh dixieman....but why

Yeh dixieman....but why waste a goood vodka martini on a 5 year old??
Besides he would only want another-& another ...:)

Don't think he will have to watch this kid again.

Ole School
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Ole School 01/02/12 - 06:23 am
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Oh please you people give it

Oh please you people give it a rest , he was not beating the kid , and God knows how many of us got worse when we were kids.... now shut up and let the granddad go , but out of it and think back have you done something similar ? the problem is now a days we are not left to discipline our own .....without having a Holy er than thou but in

david jennings
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david jennings 01/02/12 - 08:10 am
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Don't disipline now, YDC can

Don't disipline now, YDC can do it in a few years.

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shir1ey1 01/02/12 - 08:22 am
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Thats pretty old to be

Thats pretty old to be driving.

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storiesihaveread 01/02/12 - 09:06 am
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shirley1 my mom is 85 and

shirley1 my mom is 85 and still drives. She is a better driver than most people are. 1 Even thousgh she has a cell phone she does not answer it while she is driving. 2 She does not eat her lunch while driving. 3 She does not text while driving. 4 She drives the speed limit. One time when she rode with me, I did not use a turn signal ,l when I was turning she got on to me about it. She knows her limits she does not drive at night, nor when the weather is bad. I would rather have her on the road. Then most idiots that are driving out on the roads now.

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studmuffin1533 01/02/12 - 09:41 am
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The trunk would also be a

The trunk would also be a good place to put annoying spouses.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/02/12 - 09:49 am
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My mother is past 85 and

My mother is past 85 and still drive. Never had a wreck or a ticket. Just tsold her Jag and got a small Mercedes and now wants a small Cadillac for her next car. Hope she makes it to the Cadillac.

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seenitB4 01/02/12 - 10:01 am
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Good for your mom JRC...they

Good for your mom JRC...they will have to pry my hands off of the ole wheel B4 I will give it up..:)

I know some driving at the age of 92.....of course he lives in Varnville SC.

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allhans 01/02/12 - 10:23 am
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studmuffin made a good point.

studmuffin made a good point. (:

How about building cars with a sound barrier between the driver and all passengers. No more, "when will we get there" or "watch out, you are following too close."

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wondersnevercease 01/02/12 - 10:55 am
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LOL...sounds like something
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LOL...sounds like something you would see in a Tyler Perry movie.....maybe..just maybe the little darlin will remember the incident and not misbehave with Mr. Conrad again...just saying..

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lsmith 01/02/12 - 02:30 pm
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Looks to me like the trunk
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Looks to me like the trunk may have been a perfectly legitimate place for that uncontollable brat, but a good old fashioned butt whoppin' would probably have been more effective. However, in this day and time they arrest you for that too..............

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nothin2show4it 01/02/12 - 04:05 pm
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Bet the brat will act better
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Bet the brat will act better for Grandpa next time.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/02/12 - 04:12 pm
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I don't know what the answers

I don't know what the answers are with these types of things. It seems like if you discipline your child in public and do anything other than speak assertively with a menacing tone, you are violating the law. Whether I agree with how my neighbor raises their kids is not really the issue, it's made it so that parents are severly limited in what they feel comfortable doing with regard to child-rearing in public. When I sassed my mother, my attitude was reciprocated with a slap to my bratty little face and that made the difference in me respecting other people. SO, was a law broken or not? This has nothing to do with the trunk and locking a kid in it. That is just stupid sense on the fellas part. You can't and shouldn't lock a human being in a car trunk, without there being some profound reason.

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eagle 01/02/12 - 04:22 pm
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Poor Grandpa (if that's who
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Poor Grandpa (if that's who he is). Bratty kid won't stay buckled? Call the cops and let them deal with him. Since that didn't happen, let Grandpa go, take the kid home, and warm his butt!!!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/02/12 - 04:34 pm
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I say all of you for the

I say all of you for the plan of suffocating in the trunk discipline need to get in one for the afternoon, possibly over night. Nothing about it is reasonable or instructional. The man should be charged with child endangerment; fined, and sent home.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 01/02/12 - 07:20 pm
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Yes willow...but it doesn't
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Yes willow...but it doesn't actually say he locked the kid in the truck...........................

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AutumnLeaves 01/02/12 - 08:17 pm
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He is the great granddad. Not

He is the great granddad. Not granddad. Lives about 1/4 mile from the store. Those twins are a handful and witnesses admit they were unruly in the store. There apparently was no good solution to getting the two home safely without separating them, and sounds like the great granddad picked this solution out of desperation and embarrassment, although probably wouldn't have if he lived farther away since there is always danger of carbon monoxide leaks in a trunk. It was not the right solution; but I don't know if he could have come up with a better one. On the other hand the witnesses were right to call the police, since someone not knowing him of course would wonder what the worst case scenario might be, kidnapping being one of the possibilities. I am relieved this is ALL it was. He should not have to take care of the twins anymore; they are obviously too much for him. But arrested? I'm not so sure. I've seen kids younger than these boys chronically playing in busy roads and no one would do a thing about the irresponsible, neglectful parents, despite repeated reports to all appropriate authorities. I was told it was just part of their culture. What??? How is a child nearly becoming welded into a red Dodge Ram pickup truck's front grill on a icy morning part of anyone's culture? That was just one near-miss. At least that great granddad cared enough to do SOMETHING to control those boys, even if he made a risky choice. I suppose bouncing around loose in the main part of the car, battling each other on the way home was safer? Sounds like he picked the lesser of two evils. There is another aspect of this I won't go into here. It is too obvious to those who have experienced it. I would be preaching to the choir.

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Willow Bailey 01/03/12 - 01:50 am
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wnc, it was the trunk. Says

wnc, it was the trunk. Says he put the boy in it. I'm not a fan of spankings, but perhaps this was a great time for wearing some little behinds out.

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David Parker 01/03/12 - 02:10 pm
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i'm bettin some folks'

i'm bettin some folks' resolution would include buying them some kind of treat or bribery of some sort. Not this guy though.

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