It’s dangerous to leave a baby or toddler locked in a hot car. They can’t get out.
A Connecticut mother is charged with leaving a child unsupervised in a car, reports Reason‘s Hit & Run. The child is 11 years old.
She’d asked to stay in the car while her mother went into a store, the girl told police. “When officers opened the car doors, they said the child was responsive and not in distress, and that the car was not ‘excessively hot’,” reports WFSB.
If an 11-year-old girl goes for a walk, can the parents be charged with lack of supervision?
A South Carolina mother faces cruelty charges for leaving her sleeping children in the car — with the engine and air conditioning on — while she ran into a store to get ointment for her son’s injured hand. The woman’s sister-in-law parked behind the car to keep an eye on the children. (She had her own three kids in her car.)
Before the move to the suburbs, my mother would leave my sister in a baby carriage on a Chicago sidewalk while she shopped. It was common practice, she said. Strollers hadn’t been invented and stores were small. My sister would smile and charm passersby, but nobody kidnapped her.