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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Check for kids in hot cars



This is one of those heartbreaking stories that you wish you never had to write about. But each year children are left in hot cars and die mom_carseat.jpgfrom the extreme heat. It happened Sunday in Tampa when a woman took her cousin's two toddlers to church. The 1-year-old boy was carried into church by a 12 year old. But 3-year-old Halley Rozin was in the car for 90 minutes before the family returned. She was unconscious; attempts to revive her both at the church and at Tampa General Hospital were unsuccessful.

So the logical question is how could something like that happen? How could you forget a child in a car? It happens a lot. My friend Sharon wrote about the time she nearly forgot her baby was in the car. She was out of her routine and started to head to work with her 6 month old in the back seat. He gurgled and she then took him to his home day care.

Sharon was criticized for saying that she put her purse in the back seat so that she would never forget her baby again. Some commenters thought she cared more about her purse than the baby. But that wasn't the point she was trying to make. It's just better to do something --  anything -- so that you don't forget your baby. Some men commented that a man would never do such a thing. But a Pulitzer Prize winning story centered on a father forgetting his child in a car and whether he should be criminially punished for that. This tragedy isn't just tied to one gender.

Law enforcement officials are still looking into the case here. For now, it's a lesson learned for all parents.

~ Sherry Robinson

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[Last modified: Monday, September 13, 2010 5:41pm]


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