Bain Ducker strapped
her two children into their car seats and left them there for several
in the Tennessee heat. The car was said to have reached a temperature
over 120 degrees. Both of her children died as a result of her needing
to party in a motel with her boyfriend and some other friends.
the age of 16,
Jennie dropped out of school after fining out that she was pregnant.
married the father of the baby and after a miscarriage, they got a
At the age of 18, she married for the second time. Though Jennie's
to James Ducker would also be a short one, there was time for her to
two children, Devin and Dustin. Eventually, they got a divorce and
would not allow James to see his children in the year prior to their
people who knew
her, described her as a caring parent. People who had actually baby sat
for her would say that she often left the children in their care for
periods of time and didn't bother to check on them at all. Pamela Ray,
one of their sitters said that she would take care of them for up to 25
hours at a time. When jennie would show up, she'd say that she had been
drinking and that she'd needed to sober up before she could take her
June 4, 1995,
Jennie had gone to visit one of her boyfriends. The man, James Turner,
had a son of his own and Jennie brought her boys since they all enjoyed
playing together. At about 10:30 p.m., when James fell asleep, Jennie
her children and went home. At about 3:00 a.m., Jennie was in the car
children when she was pulled over by a police officer. Sober and
okay, the police let her go and watched as she pulled into her
home though and by 3:30 a.m., she had gone to the motel in McMinnville
see another one of her boyfriends, Micah Majors. Jennie had intended to
have a serious conversation with him about their relationship. Jennie
the children in the car and locked the door, claiming she had every
of not staying long. When she got to the room, she found Micah and some
of his friends playing video games and drinking beer. Jennie drank some
wine with them and supposedly she checked on her children a few times.
She never told anyone in the room that her boys were locked in the car.
around 5:00 a.m., Micah's
friends decided to leave. Jennie walked them out and all of the men
she never went near her own car. She went back up to the room where
was and he wasn't in the mood to talk, he went to sleep. Jennie fell
as well and Micah said that when his alarm went off around noon, Jennie
was still there and she patted him on the leg, telling him that she had
that happening, Jennie pulled up in front of the of the E.R. at River
Hospital which was less than a mile from the motel. Jennie had Devin in
her arms and was screaming for help when someone else grabbed Dustin
pulled him from the car seat. There was no way to save the boys, both
pronounced dead on arrival. Temperatures taken on both boys were over
the police different accounts of what had happened, including telling
that she left the boys in the car for only four hours while she went
She took a blood alcohol test at about 2:00 p.m. and the results showed
level to be .06 which meant that earlier in the morning it would have
about .19, which is twice the legal limit. Jennie's car was searched
a half empty bottle of Crown Royal whiskey was found.
and charged with two counts of first degree murder. The stated
think that Jennie had intended to kill her children, they think that
she did was aggravated child abuse. Prosecutors would say that she was
drunk and she left the children in the car so that she could party with
that she was not impaired by alcohol that night, that she was suffering
from Manic Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Jennie claimed that she had
suffered from hallucinations since her childhood and that she had made
several attempts at suicide. Psychiatric testimony said that Jennie's
caused her to have severe mood swing and that she suffered from a sleep
supposedly left her so far out of touch with reality that she wasn't
of what could happen if she left her children in the car. Other
would say that her sleep disorder caused her to be up for over 22 hours
the previous night and that had been the cause of her crashing and not
waking up in time to save her children. Defense experts would testify
the blood alcohol test was not accurate and that Jennie had a fungal
in her arm that caused the faulty blood alcohol level.
jury was left
to decide if Jennie had acted in a criminal way and if she had was she
guilty of first degree murder of aggravated child abuse. First degree
would carry a life in prison sentence and aggravated child abuse would
carry a 15 to 25 year sentence.
October 3, 1995,
the jury was out for just over four hours before coming back with a
aggravated child abuse verdict. Judge Charles Haston sentenced Jennie
18 years in prison. However, he said that he would willing to consider
alternate ways for her to serve her time if she would not appeal the
He also said:
with this man in this motel room were more important than her
Judge also voiced
his opinion stating that he wasn't at all sure that Jennie was sorry
what she had done to her children and that her attitude at her
seemed hostile to him. Jennie's attorney didn't agree:
she wants punishment. She feels very guilty. It's her parents that are
and a daughter"
under old guidelines that would allow her eligibility for parole after
serving only 30% of her sentence with credit for work and good
Jennie became eligible for parole in October of 1999. A juror who was
her parole hearing said that he thought her punishment was harsh and
he went along with it only because he thought another jury would
her of first degree murder. Jennie's application for parole was denied
at that time and she was eligible again in 2003.
would come up for parole again. The story of her children still brings
up bad feelings in the town of McMinnville. People are not happy about
the idea of her getting out of prison:
how a mother could go in somewhere, leave her children in a car alone
until the next afternoon. I just think about my own children and every
time I get in
in the summertime, I think about those little babies strapped in that
into prison, she was 18 years old. Up for parole in March of 2007, she
was 35. Four out of seven board members voted for her to be released.
was her third time up for parole and the parole board recommended that
she be released.
have been unable
to find any news about if she actually got out of if she is still in
in Back Seat of a Sweltering Car Are Laid to Rest
— Dustin and Devin Ducker were laid to rest Thursday in tiny white
two days after they died side by side, buckled into their car seats in
the back of their mother's sweltering car.
their mother, Jennie Bain, was partying with four men in a motel room,
had too much to drink and fell asleep as the temperature inside the car
climbed as high as 115 degrees. Dustin, 1, and Devin, about 2, died of
hyperthermia, or overheating, autopsies showed.
the service but watched the burial from the back seat of a car. She was
shielded by relatives as she left the church.
23-year-old James Ducker, who had recently filed for divorce from Bain,
plucked one flower from each coffin before they were lowered into the
He had driven overnight from Marshall, N.C., where he lives with his
to attend the funerals.
has not been
arrested or charged in the deaths. A grand jury is scheduled to hear
case June 16.
a wide range
of potential charges," said Dist. Atty. Bill Locke.
OF: ? 2007
deaths case granted parole
(AP) - A Warren County woman whose young children died when she left
unattended in a hot car has been granted parole from the state Board of
Probation and Parole.
now 32, left her sons aged 1 and 2 in a car parked outside a
motel in 1995 while she visited her boyfriend who was staying there.
boys died of
hyperthermia as they were left alone in the unventilated car for more
eight hours as the temperature rose to an estimated 120 degrees.
release date has
not been set. A hearing officer recommended last month that she be
Jailed For Death Of Sons Gets Parole
Approve Probation, Parole Of Jennie Ducker
pm CDT April 11, 2007
pm CDT April 11, 2007
McMINNVILLE, Tenn. -- A Warren County woman
serving time for the deaths of her two children is set to walk out of
jail Monday.Jennie Ducker has spent more than 11 years in prison for
the 1995 death of her two sons. The children, 1 and 2 years old, died
after being left for eight hours in a hot car outside a motel.
estimated the temperature in the car rose to about 120 degrees.
probation and parole have been approved. She will walk out of prison
Death Occurred in the state of Tennessee
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