It seems no matter how many stark warnings there are, no matter how many incidences after which people say “never again”, there remain those who leave young children in hot cars during the summer.
Sadly, every year we’re given new evidence as to why this is a terrible and sometimes fatal mistake to make. And yet people continue to make it, month after month, at the cost of precious young lives.
One need only look back to 2019 to find an example of an incident that very nearly crossed the line into tragedy. A 4-year-old Maryland boy was able to call 911 to report that he had been left in a hot car with the windows rolled up … along with six other children.
Yep, you read that right. As per the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, a total of seven children were locked inside the vehicle, aged between 2 and 4 years old.
The smart 4-year-old was able to tell authorities that the children were hot, but that he didn’t know where they were.
Fortunately, the 911 dispatcher could trace the call to a shopping center parking lot in Waldorf, Maryland. By the time officers had arrived, the kids were scared and sweating. The driver returned to her vehicle around 10 minutes later – she’d been gone for around 20 minutes.
As per reports, the woman was mother to two of the children and was babysitting the other five. She was later charged with confinement of children inside a motor vehicle
Needless to say, leaving a young child (or a pet, for that matter) in a vehicle with the windows rolled up and the doors locked is extremely dangerous. In warm temperatures cars can become like ovens and heat stroke can occur quickly.