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Catherine in Tulsa
If life hands you melons, maybe you're dyslexic
10:21 AM on 09/25/2013
Personally, I think all of them should be charged with reckless endangerment. How do you not wonder where there are when it's been 20 minutes? Isn't that the big parenting joke, that when you don't hear them, you start looking for them to see what they've gotten into?

Someone made the comment that people should leave their cell phone with their baby, because people always know where their cell phone is. Sadly, it's probably a good way to not kill your baby.
10:39 AM on 09/25/2013
"Isn't that the big parenting joke, that when you don't hear them, you start looking for them to see what they've gotten into?"

That is the truth. As long as I hear them, I know it's ok but when that uncomfortable silence permeates the air, then I go look for them. Usually, they are doing something they're not supposed to.
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Rachel Alicea
Go bother the squirrels. They like nuts.
10:21 AM on 09/25/2013
I realize that parents can be distracted and have a lot going on ... but to leave your baby in a hot car like that... I just can't imagine. It's horrifying. Poor little man.
10:14 AM on 09/25/2013
This is so sad. Just this summer I took my 5 year old son to breakfast at a nearby restaurant and when we got home he told me he left his favorite toy in the car. I told him we would get it later when we went out again. I started to do some housework and about 15 minutes later told called out to my son to grab me something from upstairs. When I didn't hear back I started looking frantically for him and couldn't find him. I ran outside looking all around and then heard banging on the the car window. He went in to the car to get his toy and he couldn't get out because of the child door locks. It was 88 degrees and he was dripping in sweat when I got him out. I was terrified and so was he. I was negligent not to lock the car when we got home but must have forgotten in my own rush, and didn't hear the front door open. We as parents can screw up so easily-- just being rushed and not taking our time-- we al lneed to be reminded to TAKE A BREATH AND TAKE OUR TIME and NOT BE SO RUSHED. I We got lucky that day and since then rules have regulations have changed BIG time at my house. Bless this poor child...
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MMStar
10:43 AM on 09/25/2013
Thank you for being a voice of reason among people who think that they are not capable of making this type of mistake. I'm glad everything turned out okay for you and your son! I'm sure now that you're aware of this, you've got ways of remembering not to leave him in the car or leave the car unlocked!
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shindogdiggity88
The absence of denial is not the proof of guilt.
10:49 AM on 09/25/2013
Your case seems like a legitimate accident.

However, this woman left her son in the car still strapped into the car seat, now you tell me how someone can forget that their kid was in the car with them?
11:35 AM on 09/25/2013
I keep thinking-- 15 more minutes. If I took a break or made a phone call or decided to take on washing windows, or wahtever and 15 more minutes went by without knowing he was in there and that could have been it. I would be the monster-- the "careless demon" who let an innocent child lose their life because of my stupidity. It was by the grace of GOD that we were spared. MANY OF US IN TODAYS SOCIETY are too preoccupied and too rushed and too unfocused. I had my wake up call-- I hope others can too :)
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goldenblaze
Hey Jude, don't make it bad
10:07 AM on 09/25/2013
If the mom drove to work in another car at 8:30 a.m. and the grandfather found him at 6:30 p.m., was the mom still at work? Did she think she dropped the child off someplace but then she would have to go pick the baby up? I'd like to know how long she worked and what she normally did with the child when she went to work. This is awful, poor, poor baby.
MoonStarSpirit
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
10:02 AM on 09/25/2013
How the F do you "forget" where your baby is?!!! Especially in a sweltering hot car?! Sounds like this mom may have been well aware of what she was doing...poor, poor baby. RIP. And again, my suggestion is to put the mother in a sweltering hot car and leave her there until she melts into nothing but a blob of sweat.
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MMStar
09:58 AM on 09/25/2013
I feel sorry for anyone who thinks that they are not capable of forgetting their kid in a car. You're the ones who are at the greatest risk for doing it. Yes, some people do it intentionally, but for most people, it is truly an accident, and happens when there is a change in their normal routine. Personally, I am going to buy one of the products on the market that alerts you to the baby's presence in the car. I'm not above being forgetful when sick, exhausted, or there is a change in routine.
10:15 AM on 09/25/2013
i don't care if i am half dying. i will not forget my kid in a car. and if you need a device to remind you maybe you should not be a parent.
11:23 AM on 09/25/2013
She didn't say she needed a device. She mentioned getting just getting one to be extra safe.
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mountainlora
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10:19 AM on 09/25/2013
But this was not such a case -- she left the baby in the van and drove to work IN A DIFFERENT CAR.
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MMStar
10:30 AM on 09/25/2013
Yep. I'm with you. I'm responding to all the comments of people saying they don't understand how people can leave their kids in a hot car. She seems to have done it intentionally.
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aiscoconut
10:39 AM on 09/25/2013
That doesn't mean that it wasn't a change in routine? How did you derive that from the story? You don't know what her routine was..the baby was strapped in so apparently she had just driven with him or intended too.. You just don't know and can't understand the details from the story above, there's not enough information
09:58 AM on 09/25/2013
I'm not trying to compare a child to a animal, but on a 100+ day I found a dog in a car and broke the window to get him out, so the owner came out and was going nuts why I broke her car window, so she calls the police and to make long story short he arrested her. A situation like this makes my stomach turn cant imagine what that poor child went through.
10:16 AM on 09/25/2013
and that should be considered a crime as well. so many animals die because of the owners ignorance and stupidity.
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SF TKF
Cthulhu thinks you'd make a nice sandwich.
11:03 AM on 09/25/2013
It is a crime.
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Rachel Alicea
Go bother the squirrels. They like nuts.
10:19 AM on 09/25/2013
You did a good thing. Thanks for sharing.
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KC-CAJUN
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09:55 AM on 09/25/2013
Until we accept the fact that some people are not capable of caring for another human being, their own children or not, these sickening things will continue to happen.

Just listening to some of the "parenting skills" in action at the supermarket is enough to make you sick.
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DrkRaven0905
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09:55 AM on 09/25/2013
How did she forget her 2 year old? I meant...I can't understand it. If I leave my wallet or cell phone somewhere I run back in 15 minutes.
A child?
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shindogdiggity88
The absence of denial is not the proof of guilt.
10:54 AM on 09/25/2013
She didn't forget.
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DrkRaven0905
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11:40 AM on 09/25/2013
That just scary...
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libertyforall6567
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09:53 AM on 09/25/2013
it is the parent job to make sure their children are comfortable and safe. this is a lapse of good judgement and a lapse of common sense. they need to put her through the ringer and set an example of her.
09:52 AM on 09/25/2013
Huh? How many other cases were deemed accident. Why are they charging her with murder because she forgot or because they think she left the child in the car on purpose? This article doesn't even answer those two questions. I remember one case where the mother had her infant and dropped her children off at school, then drove home, was tired, and so went into the house and slept. Woke up later got in the car and while driving to pick up her children only then realized that she left her infant in the car. She stop the car in the middle of the road and got out screaming. No one charged her.
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10:17 AM on 09/25/2013
How do you forget about your baby for the entire day?
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Catherine in Tulsa
If life hands you melons, maybe you're dyslexic
10:23 AM on 09/25/2013
I think they are charging her because she put the kid in one car, then drove off in another. Perhaps her version of events wasn't convincing. Perhaps her own father had some comments about the death.
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Katina Cooper
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09:50 AM on 09/25/2013
Why is she charged with murder, but men in Texas and Florida do this same thing and it's just ruled a tragic accident? Why is this different? Because she's a woman and not a man?
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alsm9
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10:34 AM on 09/25/2013
She put him in one car, then got in another car to go to work. VERY suspicious.
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Stacy Colnaghi
09:47 AM on 09/25/2013
As tired as I am with work, school, and 5 kids...I would never, never forget my 20 month old baby in his car seat, in the car- NEVER !!! I have no sympathy for parents that are so careless and reckless but my heartbreaks for the babies- they deserved better.
10:17 AM on 09/25/2013
agreed. check out MMStar's comment!
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ashisu
10:19 AM on 09/25/2013
It's people who think 'it won't happen to ME' who are at the greatest risk of this kind of tragedy. None of us are immune to distraction or forgetfulness. Read the Washington Post article "Fatal Distraction". I think it will change the way you look at this issue.
09:41 AM on 09/25/2013
Wow... My heart breaks every time I read a story like this... I can't fathom what this poor child went through before he died. Another life cut short because of someone else's actions...
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montn2
The poor man's son fights the rich man's war.
10:28 AM on 09/25/2013
You are correct...it is extremely cruel and a slow agonizing way to die.
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carogonza
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09:36 AM on 09/25/2013
Why? Why do people do this? Really?
10:18 AM on 09/25/2013
ummm, she parked at a mobile home park..................some people should not be parents......
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10:21 AM on 09/25/2013
two words....scum and bag !