Monday, 06 June 2011
So last night I was watching the news and there was a story on there about a three year old dying in an enclosed car. The child had been left outside in a locked car for over eight hours. It was a family friend who forgot about the child. Then the news showed statistics from the last few years of how many incidents have occurred when children had been left locked inside a car and how many of those incidents resulted in death.
From last year there were over 600 cases. How could someone forget a child in a car for over eight hours? I can't even imagine what the child must have gone through...the report on the news said in that situation, being locked in rising heat, was torture. I believe it. My heart mourns for that small child. It's just not fair, and I couldn't even imagine being the mother of the child. How can you cope with something like that?
I feel weird leaving my kids in the car just to pay for gas at the gas station. I wonder what goes through people's heads. What are they doing that they forget a child is in the car...and for hours? I could see going inside and being like "oh wait...the kid" but all day?
What do you think about this? Have you ever forgotten a child somewhere? What do you think was going on for them to forget the child?