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It Happened Again: Kids Left in Hot Car

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It gets very hot inside a car on a summer day. It’s a story we do every single year, sometimes more than once per summer.

People brush off the story, chiding us for pointing out the obvious.

Then there are stories like this one that answer the question of why we keep reminding people of what everyone clearly doesn’t know.

Yes, a woman is accused of leaving two children and a dog locked in a car while she shopped. Charleston Police say witnesses saw the kids crying inside the locked car. Employees at the West Ashley Walmart persuaded the kids to unlock the door at which point they were escorted inside the store.

Fortunately, the children didn’t suffer any significant injury; apparently, the dog didn’t either.

But considering the fact that the heat index was expected to reach as high as 117° today, they could have died in that car.

It is inconceivable to me that someone would leave a child alone in a car any time of year these days. But as oppressively hot as it has been the past few days, there is no possible excuse for leaving a child or animal in a car under these conditions.

There just isn’t.

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@AislíngeKelloggdeGómez My kids are mouthy – always have been 🙂 I’ve WANTED to leave them in the car, but no, you don’t do that. And I don’t see what can be so much of a big deal – it seems like this time it was more that the kids would have made it much harder to go to the store and I get that. But you make another decision, like wait til later or bring someone else to help. You don’t leave them in the car, period – weather or not.


@AislíngeKelloggdeGómez @RickCaffeinated Twice, I managed to leave my laptop locked up in my trunk after stopping by the grocery store on the way home from work. In both cases, I worked on my desktop computer that evening and never needed the laptop. So the laptop thing, as relatively important to me as it is, is barely understandable.

But they’re talking about a child. At some point, one would think that if you forgot your child in your car — even if he were sleeping — you might notice he wasn’t around.

Sooner or later. (Hopefully.)



One would think your child WOULD be the most important thing (well, person) in your vehicle. Almost all children fall asleep in moving vehicles, but who forgets them?! Yikes.


@RickCaffeinated Wow…That would have been my same reaction, too, Rick! I bet that anchor regrets making that remark. I’m sure he or she is STILL hearing about it. (And rightfully show!)


@annedreshfield The therapist option is a good idea, although if she couldn’t afford the kids, she probably couldn’t afford the treatment necessary to break her from the habit.