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Another baby dies, because of parent neglect!?

post #1 of 10
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Im sorry, i just dont get it!!!

How do you *forget* your kid??

http://www.kcra.com/news/13757790/detail.html

Poor poor poor baby... May he RIP. Bless his little soul.
post #2 of 10
That is so sad!! I can't imagine a parent doing that, and then how do they live with themselves? People just have to slow down a little bit... be more careful. A few years ago, while I was waiting tables, I had a couple that had their infant in his carseat on the table. When they left, I walked over to clean off the table, and the baby was still there. I chased them all the way into the parking lot, screaming that they had forgotten something. Mom looked at Dad and said I thought you got him, he said he had the diaper bag.

Would they have noticed when they got to their car? I always wondered...
post #3 of 10
I'm sure this will wind up in IMO -- we've had a lengthy discussion about this topic recently. I'll just say this is my greatest fear as a new parent, because my brain just doesn't function the same way it used to.
post #4 of 10
This is so sad! It obviously is something that happens to lots of people each year, but why....

I think there should be a device that is two pieces, one clipped to the car seat, the other to the car keys. The device lets out an ear-piercing scream (from the piece on the keys) when it is too far away from the car seat. It can be turned off (it's obvious that parents won't leave the keys with the car seat all the time), but the hope is the parent will forget to turn it off and then when it shrills, hopefully the parent will remember where the kid is.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
This is so sad! It obviously is something that happens to lots of people each year, but why....

I think there should be a device that is two pieces, one clipped to the car seat, the other to the car keys. The device lets out an ear-piercing scream (from the piece on the keys) when it is too far away from the car seat. It can be turned off (it's obvious that parents won't leave the keys with the car seat all the time), but the hope is the parent will forget to turn it off and then when it shrills, hopefully the parent will remember where the kid is.
That is a fantastic idea. I'm serious. You should contact a car seat manufacturer and tell them about it.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
This is so sad! It obviously is something that happens to lots of people each year, but why....

I think there should be a device that is two pieces, one clipped to the car seat, the other to the car keys. The device lets out an ear-piercing scream (from the piece on the keys) when it is too far away from the car seat. It can be turned off (it's obvious that parents won't leave the keys with the car seat all the time), but the hope is the parent will forget to turn it off and then when it shrills, hopefully the parent will remember where the kid is.
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
That is a fantastic idea. I'm serious. You should contact a car seat manufacturer and tell them about it.
All the above.

I know children are not the same as keys, but have you ever been so tired that you left the keys? Or have you headed toward the airport early one day for vacation only to find that you're driving back to work? It all goes back to the driving hypnosis.

We don't know exactly from this story if he took the child to day care normally or if the wife did. I don't have a kid, but I know there are days that I left the house forgetting to change the food bowls or water I have so many distractions in the morning (that I get up 1 1/2 hours before I have to leave) that often times I'm walking out the door forgetting something. If I don't forget anything I'm often still so sleepy while driving that I'll forget to pick up gas and drive the 20 miles to work on EMPTY.

Still its no excuse what he did, however we have WAY too many distractions and things to do in the morning, that you can easily forget ONE THING. Something that we can hook into the car that tells us we forgot something important, such as the description above, would help us greatly.
post #7 of 10
IMO there is no excuse!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't forget. I mean crap, whenever you leave the house, of course you have to take your kid, which means you have to plan what to take with said kid, diapers, extra clothes, etc. Most of you know what I mean.
And if the kid is older, you make sure they are dressed and presentable etc.
You have your morning routine, drop off kid, go to work! What, you just go to work?? Eight hours later you slap your forhead and say geez, I just remembered that I forgot to drop off 'Suzy' at daycare!
post #8 of 10
I used to have nightmares about doing this. I never did forget them, but man those were some doozy nightmares.
post #9 of 10
According to this morning's paper, there IS a such a device. It can be attached to the car seat straps or clipped to the baby's clothing.

One suggestion was to keep a teddy bear, in the car seat and when you put the baby in, toss the bear onto the front seat, as a reminder. Another was to stow your stuff (purse, laptop, briefcase) in the REAR footwell.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by katl8e View Post
According to this morning's paper, there IS a such a device. It can be attached to the car seat straps or clipped to the baby's clothing.

One suggestion was to keep a teddy bear, in the car seat and when you put the baby in, toss the bear onto the front seat, as a reminder. Another was to stow your stuff (purse, laptop, briefcase) in the REAR footwell.
I think that the device needs some airtime, because it's obvious that in today's rat race, parents are more forgetful than ever and need SOMETHING to SCREAM at them.

ETA: I'm absolutely terrified to have children, but this scares me even more. I can't imagine how the parents feel, assuming that they truly had no intention of harming the child.
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