Papa Don’t Preach! Toddler Dies Inside Hot Car While Her Daddy Delivers Sermon At Church

- By Bossip Staff

This is so sad…

A 14-month-old girl died after being left in a baking hot car while her father attended church.

Kimberly James is believed to have been in the vehicle for over three hours with sweltering temperatures in Florida reaching over 100 degrees.

Her lifeless body was discovered when her father Odane returned to his car after the church service in Miramar near Miami.

Other parishioners tried to revive the baby, but she was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

The dead girl’s father is believed to be a pastor at the Holiness Born Again Church and had been taking part in the morning service.

Police said charges are pending the outcome of an investigation.

Toddler Kimberly was found at about 3:15pm on Sunday after services finished at the church, police spokeswoman Tania Rues said. The tragic girl’s father Odane returned to his car and discovered Kimberly inside, Rues added.

Guy Italien, who owns the Chez Guyto restaurant next door to the church, told the Miami Herald: “I saw a police officer come here. Then many, many more.”

A customer told him that a baby had been left in the car at the church.

He went outside and saw an officer holding the small motionless girl with hordes of people crying and screaming around her, Italien said.

The restaurant owner said he recognized the little girl as part of the church pastor’s family.

Minutes after a rescue truck arrived, she was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood where she was pronounced dead.

Hours after the tragedy, devastated worshippers remained at the church in shocked silence while police officers gathered evidence and took pictures of the site nearby.

Investigators believe Kimberly was in the vehicle for about three hours.

Kimberly is the the 49th child to die in the U.S. this year after being left in a hot car, according to statistics gathered by the group Kids and Cars.

President Janette Fennell told the Miami Herald: “The most important thing to understand is that this can happen to anyone. If anything, it does tend to happen to the better parents.

“As little as 8 per cent involve drugs and alcohol. This can happen to college professors and dentists and ministers, really the pillars of our society.”

It is the sixth time in Florida this year that a child has died after being left in a hot car.

This is just terrible and we can’t understand, after all the stories about this issue that have been in the media, why parents continue to leave their kids inside vehicles for extended periods of time.

Just running inside a store for five minutes is one thing, but leaving your kid to bake in the car for three hours while you go to Church?

R.I.P. to the poor precious baby.


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  • No u can't be boyfriend #2!

    R.I.P. little one! 😦

    Some people should just be shot!

    • 100milesperhour

      Agreed; women wouldn’t get out the car & leave their purses, and men wouldn’t get out & leave their wallets but they’ll leave their children?!

  • @iTweetInSpurts

    Who forgets that they left a baby in the car for 3 hours? This man needs to be locked under the jail.

    • Miss U Much MJJ....Lovely1

      Agreed! The baby didn’t just magically appear in the car. He or the mamma put her there! So if you put the baby in the car then you should take the baby out of the car. How do you forget your child??? Not your phone, not your ipod etc. YOUR CHILD!

    • Bopa

      I wonder where the mother was. In these situations that have been found to be an “accident”. The parent who doesn’t usually have the child at a certain time will go about their daily routine and forget the baby. Not to make an excuse for him but if he usually goes to church alone or if the mother is usually there and is the one to take the baby out. He’s just operating on habit and doesn’t get the baby because it’s not what he usually does.

    • paula

      Hello somebody….My thing is when you get out your car you automatically look in the back so how could he forget that human body sitting in the car. And then when he got inside the church and realized that the baby was not in there or he has not seen her why did he not say where is the baby to someone? This is a 14 month old baby so why would he not know where this child was at all times. He is a minister and that still don’t give him an excuse for leaving that baby alone for 3 hours. Not once did he think to ask where is my baby….I just want to know what was going through his mind for him well anybody for that matter to leave a baby in the car. Nothing is that serious. All I can say is Lord have mercy…I am sure that it was not on purpose but 3 hourswithout knowing where your baby is that’s a little much. And Good Evevning!

  • Veronica McKinney

    omg, this is so sad.

    R.I.P. baby Kimberly James

  • Sha

    Are you serious???? WTF 😦

  • living n vegas

    Only god can explain this one so you have to pray for peace I know he must be truly truly in some serious PAIN



  • Racialism

    Between closeted self hating homosexuals and science denying morons religious people really do appear to be the weakest minded of all. It’s more important to beg the poor for “donations” than to take care of your own child. Sad.

  • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

    “If anything, it does tend to happen to the better parents.”


    • Caramel Cat™

      I like your new handle…

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      @ Caramel Cat


  • 7lady

    This I could never ever ever understand. HOW THE HELL DO YOU LEAVE A BABY IN THE CAR!!!!! I try to go at it at all angles and I come up with nothing. If it happened 49times this year in the US…48 was on purpose dammit.

  • Sunshine

    This is tragic and all the criticisms are warranted but it also goes to the state of mind this country is in overall – so much stuff to do, so little time to do it in. I pray that this man just honestly forgot (which in itself is unfortunate) but if he thought he was a good idea – OFF WITH HIS HEAD

  • I wasn't gone say nuttin, but

    This was nothing more than an accident you people are SICK!!! I think that you all look for the worst in people this happened to a man in my city just this year it was a tragedy. Instead of crucifying him pray for him and his family, GAWD some of ya’ll so damn EVIL!!!

    • I wasn't gone say nuttin, but

      You know I can see if he was in the bar, are in the hotel getting geeked, but fa’real things happen people get in a hurry, one parent thinks the other has the child, some of ya’ll don’t think past your perfection…ya’ll really do make me sick!

    • Caramel Cat™

      Not trying to argue at all, but I’m sorry, an accident is leaving the child in the car for five minutes, then realizing ‘oh my gosh, I don’t have my CHILD!’ running back out and retrieving her…he stayed in the church for 3 hours! Did it not once cross his mind that his baby was not in the building with him? I will definitely wait to hear more from the investigation but I can’t see how someone in their right state of mind could accidentally forget about their child in a car for hours…

    • Ms.Education

      @caramel cat i agree

      the people commenting are not sick they are just in disbelief. Ok we undersatand accidents can happen, but how can you forget a baby? You mean to tell me that they got the baby dressed, put the baby in the car, and once he got to church forgot?? I hate to say it but I don’t feel it was an accident. There is neglect written all over this.

    • Rock W/ Me

      @ I wasn’t gone say nuttin…

      Please. The only reason you are saying this is because he is a pastor. Straight up, if he was some drug dealer, stripper or coke snortin dude on the corner, I doubt you would be saying “ happens to the best of em”.

      An accident is an accident- but this is simply irresponsible. Three whole hours?? Like Caramel Cat said- five minutes is one thing….but THREE WHOLE HOURS? Something is not right.

    • deelucious

      How is 3 hours an accident?
      Not 1, not 2 but 3 hours!? C’mon give me a break! If you brought your child all the way to church with you, closed the car doors, walked inside the church and forgot about your child for…3 hours? Wouldn’t the child be on your mind throughout?
      Why couldn’t he just bring the child with him? And is church really so important that you forget about your child?

    • paula

      I understand what you are saying but you have to look at it like this also 3 hours of not even thinking twice about where your baby is and she rode in the car with you. I will never figure that out

  • divalious

    no ones perfect, but leaving a child in a car no excuse sorry bb r.i.p to the child. When im not home my kids go everywhere with me even to the bathroom.

  • shut the fu*ck up

    why did he not take the child in and lay her down in the nursery
    damn these preachers

  • shut the fu*ck up

    the deep south is really bothering me right now I am disgusted with the whole gay and daddy long leggs
    and every other gay pimp preacher out there

  • A Mess wants to know where is her comment?

    This is just fuking IRRESPONSIBLE! How do you leave your child in a car for 3 hours with not even a cracked window. While you went to church. Come on, I know that babies cry but you didn’t have to punish her like this. That is a horrible way to die and she was so pretty. If I was his wife, I would divorce him. I could never trust in again.That was child neglect, abandonment and murder.

  • ~ChynaPeach~

    I feel that this cannot and is not the whole story. Im trying to read between the lines but I got nothing. Where was the mom while the father was preaching? How could you bring ur child with u and froget u brought them with u? I wouldn rather have a horrible parent if the good ones will let me die in a car. I cant imagine how painful that was for her. RIP little angel ur suffering is over now.

  • wow

    The fact that your headline is a blatant lie in itself is just amazing…dig deeper into the story before u stupid gossip driven americans display your vast unrelenting ignorance…DISGUSTING

    • Amanda

      ^^^Has probably left his/her baby in the car before. SMH.

  • HotSteamingT

    My friend drove to work one morning with her son in the back seat. It wasn’t until she got out the car and closed the door that she realized he was in the car. She had forgotten to take him to daycare, something she did like clockwork every morning. When I asked her how it happened, she said she had a lot on her mind and sorta drove to work in a daze. So people it CAN happen unintentionally. Had she been in that same daze when she arrived to work, he would have sat in the car at least until lunch break.

  • smh

    Honestly I lost a niece to this when her grandfather left her in the van while @work thinking one of the others riding in the car grabbed her prior to exiting…. that man could have had many people helping him get things out of the car or been under the impression someone did grab her and take her to the nursery… if done on purpose the justice system hopefully will prevail but.. if an accident the family are the ones most hurt bc the DA will be attacking them to file charges against him to set an example as they did my family and this is a hard time for them all
    just dont be so quick to judge by what you read on a GOSSIP site hardly ever is the full story on a GOSSIP site

  • MyReason

    ALL parents involved in situations like this need to be punished to the full extent of the law. NO EXCUSE! Why is it that every summer, we have to hear about this? Too many idiots get away with this and it’s sickening.

  • baybaybay

    So when did we get so busy that we can’t be bothered with children? That pastor could have brought the liitle girl into church with him and ask some of the ladies to help him car for her not leave the child alone in a car! To all you people saying its ok for 5 minutes no its never ok with the sick world we live in to leave a small child alone, predators could have seen this child in a car alone and abdducted her.

  • sportstalk23

    WTF!! You couldn’t just bring the baby in with you

  • Mabel

    We all need to slow down, take periodic breaks from the BB, internet, cable TV and all the other distractions of life. We’re too plugged into nothing of true value. We are distracted to death. The child is with her maker, and I hope the parents can find peace some day.

  • BBBEE25

    Oh no….R.I.P. little one.

  • serene

    A few years ago…I remember a story about a man, who left his baby in the car for the whole day, didn’t realize she was in the car until he went to pick her up at day care

    Sad story all around.

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