Two Babies Died In Hot Cars This Week, Because Human Beings Make Mistakes

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Two Babies Died In Hot Cars This Week  Because Human Beings Make Mistakes shutterstock 130202789 1403194760 142 196 167 223 280x186 jpgOn Monday, an Orlando father switched up his morning routine a little. He had intended to drop off his daughter at daycare, but whatever errand her ran before that somehow managed to make his 9-month-old in a carseat in the back of his truck slip his mind. He drove to work and went about his day. Four hours later, a family member asked about the baby and he realized what he had done. It was too late.

On Wednesday, a similar tragedy happened. A Georgia father was supposed to take his 22-month-old to daycare. Instead, he drove straight to work. The child remained strapped to a carseat all day – in 100 degree weather.

The very thought of this breaks my heart into a thousand pieces. The thought of a child suffocating in a hot car is something I don’t want to fathom. And I am certain that these fathers are in a place I wouldn’t wish on any human being.

I’d like to say that I can’t imagine how something like this could happen – but I can. Because it does. There are hundreds of comments on these stories, calling the fathers murderers – saying that they should never had children to begin with. I understand the rage – the mere thought of a child dying this way is enough to sicken anyone. I just think – it’s why they are called accidents. It’s horrifying. There is no justification, besides the fact that human beings can really fuck up.

I was sitting at my desk on Monday writing, when all of a sudden I jumped up and thought “Oh my God! I have to pick up my son from daycare!” For a brief moment – I completely forgot I had already done it an hour earlier and on time. But in that moment, the day just left me – I had a complete lapse in thought. I know this isn’t the same thing – but it’s the lapse, the scary misplacement of time that makes me understand just a little how something like this could happen.

This is just tragic. It makes me think that there has got to be a way to help prevent this awful thing from happening. An alarm goes off in my car if I leave my keys in the ignition when I open my driver door. The same thing happens when I leave my lights on. Could a similar strategy be employed to help in a situation like this? I don’t know. Many would say it’s simply the responsibility of the individual, but so is turning off your headlights and remembering to remove your keys from the ignition – yet we have help for that.

I truly hope these families can find some peace.

(photo: Ulrich Mueller/ Shutterstock)