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Baby dies after his father leaves him in a 90-degree car all day long

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Mistakes happen all the time. Think about it for a moment. You misplace your keys when you get home. You forget to do a project around the house. Or you forget sending an mail to someone by a certain time. With all of the pressures people have to face on a daily basis, mistakes are bound to happen. Well, that’s one thing, but how do you justify leaving a 22-month-old child in a car throughout the hot day?

On Wednesday, a 22-month-old was found unresponsive and pronounced dead after the father tried to resuscitate the toddler. The father, who is in police custody, is being charged with felony murder and cruelty to children. The name and gender of the 22-month-old hasn’t been released.

According to reports, the toddler was supposed to be dropped off at the daycare between 8:30am and 9am. Police said the father told them that ‘he forgot his child was in the backseat of the four-door SUV.’

The temperature in Atlanta on Wednesday reached over 90 degrees.

Witnesses said when the father saw what had happened, he drove to a strip mall on Akers Mill Road screaming for help. With people gathered around hoping and wishing, all they could do was feel broken, hurt, and helpless. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office pronounced the 22-month-old dead on the scene.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution says, “Wednesday’s death is the second in two days involving children left in cars, coming one day after a 9-month-old Florida girl died after being left in her father’s pickup truck.”

Studies say that the temperature on the inside of a car/truck rises an average of 19 degrees within 10 minutes.  Be careful with your children, this can happen to anyone who doesn’t take the time to be careful

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution and wsbtv.com

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an inspirational speaker, motivator, author, organizer and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey

150 Comments

  1. Cecilia Glover

    June 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Prayers going up for this family. They will never be the same. I hope all can be prayerful and supportive. That’s what is needed @ this difficult time.

  2. ericaf

    June 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Prayers

  3. Lukas

    June 20, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    This is a horrible story!!! Putting the Father in jail will not bring the child back. Such a tragedy happens year after year. I’ve yet to know of any parent going to jail as a result…unless I have been misinformed. The Father will have to deal with the loss of his child for the rest of his remaining life. To me… mental anguish, guilt and depression supercede physical incarceration. I believe it’s the mental incarceration that will hound him until his dying day. Parents…take time to insure that your child is secure. It only takes a few minutes to check and your conscience will be relieved. I often tell people, “It only takes a few minutes to get in trouble…and possibly a life time to get out of it.” At present, I am bewildered and befuddled about the Father’s actions…we are only human and humans can make grave mistakes that we can’t undo.

  4. Corbin

    June 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Yes. Put him in jail. You do NOT forget to drop your child off at day care. You do NOT forget that your child is in the car!!! Irresponsible Dad. LOCK HIM UP AND MELT THE KEY!!!

  5. Michelle

    June 20, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I think one year in jail is enough. It was a mistake that he has to pay for. If he isn’t charged then the guilt of leaving the baby in the car is enough.

  6. Anne

    June 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Prayers to the family. I ask God to strengthen the parents, family and provide his loving mercy. Nothing will bring this child back. I just think that maybe the childcare provider or school could call as a courtesy when children don’t arrive as expected. I would not want this to be law, but it could help in situations like this. Where is the other parent? Amen

  7. F Walker

    June 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    The incident appeared to be an honest accident. Did the baby fall asleep? Did the father have so much on his mind or something else going on which took his thoughts in another direction. Bless the family and I will keep the father in prayers. Georgia is one of the lock ’em states, as if this will solve the problem.

  8. DMYERS

    June 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    This was a tragic accident. Gone are the days of a parent staying home with a child. Our country is full of daycares and parents working all day then after work they are going to stores, practices, cleaning, washing, feeding, bathing. Parents are overworked and are not getting enough sleep. All of this equals tradgey everytime. WAKE UP AMERICA AND FIND A SOLUTION!

  9. Lisa

    June 20, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    A similar situation occurred in St. Louis a few years back. Both parents were doctors at a major healthcare facility. It was a devastating mistake. The offending parent did not go to jail. The judge felt that the loss was punishment enough. This is a horrible situation but jailing an already anguished parent is not the answer.

  10. Devon

    June 21, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Another dumb azz mawfukka leavin a baby in a hot fuckin’ car and you ignant negroes talkin about his stupid azz dont need to.go to jail and yall stupid enuff to believe azzholes leavin babies in hot cars by accident hell naw they do that sheit on purpose. How the f@ck you forget a baby in the car the whole f@ckin day, mawfukka need to be tarred and feather and castrated so his dumb ass cant reproduce but his dumb azz wouldnt forget he missin two balls, if a nucca not supose to be locked up for killin a baby what the f@ck should he be locked up for but you ole azz negroes think no matter what dumb azz nuccas do they should neva be locked up, yall forgive mawfukkas thats shootin and killin yall in the hood, ole stupid azz prayin to white blonde hair blue eyed surfer dude jeezus that aint fukkin real but if he was he aint payin yall no mind, yall christians is about the stupidest nuccas on the planet clutchin a bible that promote slavery while yall stupid azzes talkin bout prison is slavery naw prison is for dumb ass nuccas that cant stop commitin crime and yall diss the sheit out of slavery and slaves when yall do that sheit.

  11. butch

    June 21, 2014 at 2:49 am

    *Agrees with Devon* u don’t leave anyone in a hot vehicle, ever!!!! GOD is great, and will rectify this. I’m in awe at these comments. There needs to be ownership, responsibility for a sitution like this. The suffering this baby had to endure, is just unimaginable.

  12. janfreespirit

    June 21, 2014 at 5:42 am

    We all have made errors in life. Putting him in jail is not going to solve anything. Don’t be so quick to point fingers because all humans make mistakes and if the only answer is to put him in jail, the we as so called humans have failed again at knowing real love, care, guidance, and grief….and have continuously joined the chaotic group in condemning others without first looking in a mirror at our own faults.

  13. Erin

    June 21, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I do believe that the father should do time. Of course, It’s a tragic accident. Parents, more particularly, fathers or father figures have the role to protect and love a child. It’s a parent’s number one priority. What a sad way for him to learn this.

  14. wow

    June 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

    My prayers go out to the family. This is not a hard thing to do. I had my husband’s daughters 2 yrs old for 7 months and this was my greatest fear leaving him in the back seat in the car seat. My children were 17 and 18 at the time so car seats and babies were not my thing. I completely shut my life down and did not take him anywhere unless it pertained to him. That one change in your routine can cause things like this to happen.

  15. Abdul-Polk

    June 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Smh. Smh, Smh…….

  16. Jimmy Edwards

    June 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    In the meantime a lot of you are condemning the sister in Arizona that left her kids in the car to go on a job interview. Yet this white boy whose kid died in the car gets sympathy and condolences.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/woman-who-left-kids-in-car-for-interview-can-visit-them/

  17. Kiesha makins

    June 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

    God Bless this Family…

  18. Jelena

    June 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    If children were put first in your life, this would not happen!

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