Thursday, July 2, 2009

Police Say Baby Left In Car For 9 hours

WaPo once did a magazine story on this problem.

From HoCo police:

Howard County police are investigating what appears to be the heat-related death of a 23-month-old girl who was strapped into a child safety seat inside a car for approximately nine hours. The preliminary investigation indicates that the incident was likely accidental, although autopsy results are still pending. If the incident is determined to be accidental, charges likely would not be filed in the case.

Police were called to the 3100 block of Edgewood Road in Ellicott City by a neighbor June 25. Upon their arrival, officers found a child deceased in the back of a car parked in front of a residence. The child’s mother was present at the location, had discovered the child inside the car and was very distraught. The family’s name will not be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Based on the preliminary investigation, police believe a change in the parents’ morning routine may have resulted in the child being inadvertently left in the back seat of the car.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.

The National Safe Kids campaign suggests these tips for parents and caregivers:

• Place something that you’ll need at your next stop – such as a purse, a lunch, gym bag or briefcase – on the floor of the backseat where the child is sitting. This simple act could help prevent you from accidentally forgetting a child.

• Teach children not to play in, on or around vehicles.
• Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
• Always lock a vehicle’s doors and trunk – especially at home. Keep keys and remote entry devices out of children’s reach.

According to the Howard County Health Department, cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131° F - 172° F when outside temperatures are 80° F – 100° F. When the outside temperature is 83° F, even with the window rolled down two inches, the temperature inside the car can reach 109° F in only 15 minutes. In hotter weather, a vehicle can warm to dangerous, life-threatening levels in only 10 minutes.


Anonymous said...

9 HOURS!! I don't care how much of a change in their schedule there was the parent who put that child in the car had to know it was there. Why did they not tell the other parent or check on the child themselves. If this had been the family dog left in the car to die in the heat these people would have been arrested and put in jail already. Until this sort of thing is prosecuted every time it will continue to happen. I wonder if charges would have been filed if the parents had been poor? I think so.

Anonymous said...

Do not judge, you have no idea what happened or the circumstance. It is a tragedy. It is not a time to judge, but a time to pray that this sort of thing does not happen to any other child, it is time to pray for a family that will never see there little girl again. Can you even imagine the guilt and self hate this person is feeling and will feel for the rest of there life, right now they need our prayers, not our judgment. It could happen to anyone.. remember do not judge lest you be judged in the manner of how you judged. I am sure you wouldn't want to personally understand where these people are coming from would you. Please send prayers there way not hate and judgment.

Anonymous said...

To the first person that commented on this story - unless you know the full story and the people involved you have NO right to judge them! Do you think for one minute this was planned? The parents are heartbroken. They have lost their child under tragic circumstances. The last thing they need is people like you judging them! Shame on you!!! Do you honestly think prosecuting people this happens to will prevent it from happening again???? Incidents like this are NOT planned! I don't know how you sleep at night after posting comments like that.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree, 9 hours and mother and father have no idea where their child is. Not only that who are these folks that the cops are covering for them. A week before it makes the news and then not saying who they are.

Anonymous said...

They should be judged. As a parent no matter what my routine is my children are the first priority of the day and if you do not realize where your child is for 9 hrs then you have no right to be a parent. There is absolutely no excuse for this and they should be punished.