Child burned in car outside mother’s work

February 27, 2013

car fireA Santa Barbara woman is facing child endangerment charges after the van she had left her 2-year-old alone in caught on fire. [SantaBarbaraIndependent]

Viviana Wink, 29, allegedly left her child strapped in a car seat in the van parked outside a home on Santa Teresita Drive in Santa Barbara while she worked as a caretaker for two elderly residents. Wink was in the home about five minutes when she noticed smoke pouring from the vehicle.

Crews responded to the fire at about 10:50 a.m. to find the minivan completely engulfed in flames. The fire had also spread to nearby bushes and a power pole.

Shortly after fire crews arrived, Wink emerged from the home with her daughter. They both displayed obvious injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital.

After receiving conflicting accounts of how the burns were sustained, fire department officials turned the case over to police who are continuing to investigate.

The mother sustained minor injuries and was released from the hospital. Emergency medical personnel transferred the daughter, who suffered second- and third-degree burns to her face and body, to the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks.




  1. Zuma7 says:

    The people who shouldn’t be parents, seem to be the ones who breed the most.

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  2. Ted Slanders says:

    I just wish that our rendition of God, the Christian one, would abolish the “Be fruitful and multiply” edict (Genesis 1:28), and come down with a deep godly voice and state that any Sister of Eve that want’s to have children, has to show beyond any doubt, that they’re capable of doing so in a trustworthy and godly way. It could fall under the guise of the 11th Commandment.

    Therefore, in the vein of a DMV drivers test, before a couple gets married that wants children, the woman should have to pass a “Child Bearing Test” to see where her mental capacities actually are. If she lacks a reasonable brain and can’t pass the aforementioned test to show that she can take care of her offspring in a godly and safe way, then she can’t have children, period!

    If we recall, our godly GOP representative Bob McDonnell, from Virginia, recently set the stage for the intrusion into a woman’s body with his transvaginal probe concept. Remember? I know, we true Christians are sorry that his law didn’t pass on our war against women, but maybe next time!

    Along this line, we could get GOP Darrell Issa with an all-male panel again, like was used against Obama’s ungodly free contraceptive mandate that, in part, would have prevented a plethora of unwanted babies that we Christians don’t want to adopt in the first place. Anyway, we need Darrell Issa to get a device handcrafted by the GOP to insert into the hoo hoo of all ignorant women that didn’t pass the “Child Bearing Test” as mentioned above. This is turn, will not allow these Sister Woman to bear a child!

    If and when these Sister Women can ever pass the newly devised “Child Bearing Test”, this hand crafted GOP device stays within their womanly parts for obvious reasons until they do. This would help prevent stories like this to happen in the future.

    It’s so simple when remedying situations like this when you have a godly GOP mindset, praise!

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    • Cindy says:

      OMG Ted, You actually have me laughing out loud and appreciating your humor on this post. I have to admit that unlike many others, this is a good one.

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      • MaryMalone says:

        Praise Jesus! Cindy “gets” Ted’s witty style of biblical ranting!

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    • Rambunctious says:

      Well Ted, Cindy thinks you’re funny… I do not. Progressives never pass on an opportunity to bash the GOP and religion…par for the course…maybe one day you can explain to me just how your post relates to this story.

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    • Pelican1 says:

      Oh! Teddy…..
      Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

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    • OnTheOtherHand says:

      Well Ted,

      If that happens (unlikely though it is), we’ll just have to move the current unofficial 11th Commandment (Don’t Get Caught!) to #12. Somehow “The Eleven Commandments” just doesn’t have the right sound for marketing to a society based on a decimal numeric system. Maybe God would be willing to substitute it for one of the existing ones. I could suggest several suitable but I will leave it to your expertise since you are the one talking to God.

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    • Tammy says:

      And what parental test does the father take? What should we stick up his HO HO to prevent his sperm from impregnating a stupid woman? How stupid is he? Hey Oh let me guess, he’s abandoned his child and the mother is caring for the child alone, yet she’s the one who is being slammed. Abandoning a child is a crime against humanity. At least she is there, perhaps doing the best she can. Perhaps daddy is a better suited custodian.

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      • NorCoMod says:

        Uhhh….that was hoo hoo…..not ho ho.

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        • Ted Slanders says:

          Yes, ho ho’s always tasted better because their chocolate frosting. Damn, do I miss Hostess products!

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        • Tammy says:

          Get a life NorCoMod, I can call a penis anything I want, HoHo or HaHa if I want.

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      • Ted Slanders says:


        You’re obviously not up to speed with true Christianity. In any marriage, the man is superior to any woman, as the scriptures so dictate. Therefore, the man is out of the equation, and it therefore falls upon the Sister of Eve with taking the “Child Bearing Test.”

        “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. FOR THE HUSBAND IS HEAD OF THE WIFE, as even as Christ is head of the church, and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, SO LET THE WIVES BE TO THEIR HUSBANDS IN EVERY WAY” (Ephesians 5: 22-24 )

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        • Tammy says:

          OMG Whatever. Good luck with that one. Well, I’m not married and I am my own head. Husband, couldn’t cut the mustard or care, provide for his own kids, so I guess that pretty much knocks him out of the equation doesn’t it. Who cares what you think Ted.

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        • Tammy says:

          Then if the father is so superior, then he should be man and man up. Care for his child if the woman is so stupid and unworthy. That is what any superior man, husband or human being would do. So what you are saying, is that, because you consider him so superior to the woman, it lets him off the hook to be the responsible one? That’s a Jerry Sandusky mentality. “i”m so much superior than you, I can get away with anything and do what I want, right or wrong, because I am superior”.

          Childish Ted;. Get your head out of your un-superior, subservient Hoo Hoo and get some fresh air.

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  3. letsbhonest says:

    A piss poor stupid ass sorry excuse for a mother does not think smart like that! It is a tragedy for that
    poor baby! A bigger tragedy for society that mothers like her are so neglectful and dumb even get to bear

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    • Cindy says:

      There isn’t enough information here to form an opinion about the mother. She could have only been running inside the home for 5 minutes to deliver groceries and medication or something. It’s extremely rare that a parked car just catches on fire. What we do know is that the mother was out trying to earn an honest living when this highly unlikely tragedy occurred and like I said, we don’t know how long the mother expected to be away from the vehicle. We just don’t know enough to call her a bad mother or dumb or anything else.

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      • letsbhonest says:

        You never leave a child alone in a car for even one second Period!!!!!!! come on! because
        things can happen in a matter of seconds! as we can clearly see!!!!

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        • Cindy says:

          Rare things can happen to anyone at any time but you can’t be with a child every single second. There are times when you have to take your eyes off of them. I’m reminded of the child who recently died after she climbed a bureau and it tipped over on top of her. Everyone felt so sorry for the mother and there was an out pouring of heartfelt condolences for the mother telling her that it wasn’t her fault and that SHIT HAPPENS. This car should never have caught on fire. The circumstance with the bureau was more foreseeable than the car catching on fire.

          The mother who lost her child to the bureau even went in the Tribune looking for DONATIONS! Funny how we have such double standards. It’s normal to leave a sleeping child in a car if the car is in a safe place and you’re only running in or out of a home for a few minutes in my opinion.

          STOP being so judgmental, you don’t know this mother or the full circumstances and neither do I. What I do know is that she risked her life to go into that car and save her baby and I know she was out earning an honest living.

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          • OnTheOtherHand says:

            I agree that bad things can happen and that sometimes you just can’t anticipate and protect against them. However, if the car was left running, that should not happen with a child in it if the adult driver is able to think straight at all. On the “benefit of the doubt” side, the street they were on is in a high-end neighborhood in the foothills above upper State St. in SB. It is highly unlikely that any outside danger (kidnapping, car-jacking, etc.) would be present there.

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      • MaryMalone says:

        Another thing to consider:

        Where was the father when all of this was going on?

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        • OnTheOtherHand says:

          Probably working a construction,food-service, landscaping or janitorial job so that they could afford the Santa Barbara rents.

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    • MaryMalone says:

      Where is the father in this scenario?

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    • Rambunctious says:

      Oh my God letsbehonest “a piss poor sorry ass excuse for a mother”? Really??? this woman was doing what she thought she needed to do to survive. She had a job to do and was trying to do it. These things happen when the economy is being trashed like it is today. Maybe if we all voted our pocket books again like we use to instead of voting to “get even with them” (whomever them are) we would realize a better economic situation in this nation. This tragedy lies at the feet of our so called leaders as much if not more than the mother. Look around and see the old dilapidated vehicles being driven today. Look at the folks begging for a handout at every shopping mall in the county. We are in deep bondini my friend. I think this country will finally find out what a depression is; we had all better get ready.

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  4. hotdog says:

    I’m surprised she didn’t bring the little one in with her to work, what a tragedy.

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