Hubster told me today about a tragic case. A mother in a nearby state, left her child in the car and he died from the extreme heat. My heart jumped to my throat, because the baby was the same age as our little Bri. I asked Hubs what will happen to the woman, and he told me that she’ll probably go to jail. The worst part, in my opinion, is that her four year old daughter will have scars on her childhood no matter what.
The discussion about the case opened up a world of questions for me. Should parents be prosecuted for mistakes that result in infant fatalities? Isn’t the horror of knowing that you killed your child enough punishment? And when should parents be prosecuted?
So I want to know what you think about this issue. Here are my two biggest questions. Discuss!
1. I found a few similar cases on Google. And I want to know what you think about them. Who would you prosecute? Who would you pardon?
Case #1: A baby was left in the car with the windows rolled down while the mother went inside for groceries. She had her two year old with her in the grocery store, and when they came back outside there were angry citizens and police officers holding her baby. (The baby was okay).
Case #2: A father worked for eight hours and only realized that he’d left the baby in the car after he got off of work. He was a high school teacher on summer break, and the absence of his other school-aged children that morning, made him think that he’d already dropped everyone else off. (The baby died).
Case #3: A mom drops by a friend’s house for a quick visit and they start chatting, forgetting about the baby in the car. She realizes that the baby is unresponsive and rushes to the hospital. (The baby died).
Case #4: After a fun family day at the water park, the mom takes the children home while the dad runs out to buy dinner. The mom unloads all of the kids from the van, and all of the stuff, but misses the baby. (The baby died).
2. During my drive to and from work, I have habits that I use to remind me of the baby’s presence at all times. If she’s in the car, I stay in the right lane on the way to work so that I know I have to turn right to take her to daycare. That way, if I get distracted, I don’t forget about her. If she’s not in the car with me, then I drive in the left lane. It’s a simple little memory tool that I’ve turned into a habit. I do the same thing in reverse on the way home so that I don’t forget to pick her up.
What tips do you have for remembering your children?