8 Little Children Die In Locked Cars in One Week

In just the first week of August, eight children have died after being left in hot cars. ABC News reports that a total of 23 children in 14 states have died this year of hyperthermia. In some cases, parents are facing criminal charges of endangerment for leaving a child in a locked car.

About 40 children die after being left in locked cars every year, says the organization Kids and CarsSafe Kids Worldwide says that the temperature in a car can rise 20 degrees in only ten minutes, and that kids heat up three to five times faster than parents.

Two children aged one year and two weeks were rescued from a hot parked car in Cudahy, California, on August 11. They were lucky: People saw them and called 911, on a 92 degree day when the temperature inside the car must have been 110 degrees.

As a parent, I feel wrenched hearing about these children and the suffering they must have experienced: Why, how, why?

Tragedies That Can Be Avoided

The eight children who died this month were between five months and four years old. According to Safe Kids, in at lest three cases, the parents forgot to drop off a child at daycare. In one case, great grandparents in Arkansas left a two-year-old in a 102 degree car while shopping. The next day, also in Arkansas, a three-year-old climbed into a car and could not get out — a reminder to keep a parked car locked so curious children can’t get in.

“Even the best of parents or caregivers can overlook a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death,” says Kids and Cars. One child safety advocate with the Safe Kids Coalition in Las Vegas emphasizes that kids tend to be forgotten “when there is a change in routine and the other parent has responsibility for the child.”

In some cases, parents mistakenly thought they had dropped a child off at daycare; they then drove off to work and did not check the backseat, where their child remained until, in too many cases, it was too late. Some prevention tips from Safe Kids Worldwide include placing an item (a purse, a cell phone) that you need in the back seat to retrieve at your next stop or setting the alarm on your phone to remind you to drop off your child at child care. Kids and Cars also suggests that you “look before you lock” your car and provides a helpful safety checklist.

A child is a parent’s rssponsibility but if a child care provider is expecting a child and he or she does not show up, might there not be some way to contact a parent to find out where the child is?


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

how do you forget your kid is in the car? do you forget you're a parent? I can't imagine it. Either way people CHECK YOUR CARS and if you see a child unattended call 911!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Intelligence and parenting don't always go hand in hand, since it doesn't take a brain to make children. Unfortunately.

Susan O.
Susan O6 years ago

I will never understand how these parents and guardians can simply leave these children to die (not just in locked cars, but also restrained in child "safety seats") ...

... and, those parents/guardians should all be made to spend enough time in a locked parked car to experience the same fate, so that no other child they care for suffers the same painful and horrible demise.

Pinke A.
Pinke A6 years ago

Quite so chocking!! Seems impossible to forget,that you have the child with you,it means that the parent is completely in his/hers thoughts(that will most often mean work)
The idea of some sort of contact between the baby-seat and the car key is worth thinking better!

Christina Garafolo

Soo sad

Betty Schueler
Betty Schueler6 years ago

We have to get a license to drive a car or own a dog but we don't need one to have a child. It seems to me that all prospective parents should be taught basic safety rules for handling children and in return, get some type of reward for taking the class and passing a simple test. Unfortunately, there are more children than homes which lessens their value in society. If we were only allowed one child, as they do in China, parents would tend to be much more careful about their offspring.

Lillian Martin
Lillian Martin6 years ago

No living, breathiing person/animal should ever be left in a car in any type of weather. They can be kidnapped/stolen and worse case is die! If you can't be with them 100% of the time leave them with a baby/pet sitter.

Mary M.
Mary Muir6 years ago

Whenever I leave anywhere, I look back to make sure that I haven't left anything behind. A habit such as that would double check that your children are safe.

Deborah M.
Deborah M6 years ago

We need to invent a pill to fix stupid. Or maybe sterilize some people until they can prove they have a brain and know how to use it. Until something serious is done, it is just like animal abuse, it will keep happening and happening and happening because we as a society just see so much of this crap that we become numb to it. Sad isn't it? Does anyone really know what happens to the child's brain at those temperatures? Google it.

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U6 years ago

how infantil some persons are is really incredible !
they cannot are really able to take care themselve then their own children.