We all know the dangers so why are so many parents still doing this?
Every year we write about this. Every year the story is the same. And every year the tragic outcome stops our hearts. It has to end.
This summer we have been blessed, so far, that we are only reporting on the fact that kids have been left in hot cars, not the death of a child in a hot car. I hope and pray this is how it remains (I’d prefer it not to happen at all), but so far the signs aren’t good.
With heatwave conditions in Victoria on the weekend there were six incidents of children being left in locked cars. Surely parents know better?
Police reported that two children aged under 10 were left inside a car in car park, in central Melbourne, around lunchtime on Saturday.
Three children under five were also left in a car at a fast food restaurant in Geelong. These children were lucky that passers-by had more sense than their parents and alerted police.
Ambulance Victoria state health commander Paul Holman was forced to, once again, warn against leaving kids in hot cars. In a carefully worded warning he said the practice was risking lives, and parents needed a reminder to not duck into a shop and leave their kids in a car.
“I don’t know how many times we have to say: Don’t do it. Small children very quickly will become dehydrated and the consequences – we’ve already seen deaths in the past," he said.
Luckily I am not a representative of the ambulance service as I am not sure I would have worded it a quite as eloquently. Wake the f**k up parents. If you are stupid enough to leave your kids in a car you don’t deserve them.
Over the last American summer we heard the heartbreaking tale of a 22-month old boy, Cooper Harris who was left in a hot car by his father, Justin Harris.
Justin Harris claims he forgot to drop his son at daycare. Police allege it was deliberate and he now faces felony murder charges.
We heard of a 15-month old, Benjamin Rogers-Seitz who also died after his father forgot to drop him at day care. In a remarkable act of forgiveness his wife told Associated Press that she does not blame her husband.