I did a blog entry on this subject earlier this year.
Then yesterday, I saw an article on Facebook about a 22 month old toddler being locked in a car for 8 hours who subsequently died.
According to the father of the child, he was supposed to take his son to daycare; however, he forgot the child was in the car and went to work instead. He left work that afternoon and noticed the child was in the back of the car. He pulled over and performed CPR in an attempt to resuscitate the child, but to no avail. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
This bothers me.
In my aforementioned blog entry, I noted that the interior of my car reached 126°F. That's hot enough to kill someone. If you're a child and you can't open the door, you'll die in that kind of heat, and it won't be extremely quick either. You'll suffer. Heatstroke is no way to go out.
You don't need numbers and you don't need to be super educated to know that it gets hot in your car on a hot day. All you have to do is open your door. If it feels pretty hot in there, why in the hell would you leave another living thing in there? You don't need numbers or education. You need common fucking sense.
Even more bothersome to me is that he said that he forgot the child was in the car.
How do you forget?! Toddlers don't just sit in their car seats. All small children are hyperactive beasts. That kid would have been squirming or trying to talk to his father or banging something around...point being: that toddler would have made some kind of noise, a constant reminder that he's there in the back seat. I don't buy the story that he forgot the kid was in the car. That's a load of bullshit. You have to be on something to not notice your kid back there.
Anyway, my local news reported that he's been charged with murder. I think he deserves it. There's no legitimate excuse for something like this. It's common sense. This kind of thing happens way too often, and it makes me sick.