dear lord, not again
This story makes me sick every time I read it, and I've seen it far too many times already this summer. A 25-year-old woman whose children, aged 10 months and 3 years, died after she left them in her car--with the windows rolled up--for three hours while she got her hair styled faces first-degree murder charges.
"Not Even for a Minute" is the slogan of a group that urges parents to never leave their children unattended in a car due to the risks involved.
I have two girls who are close to the ages of the children who died in that woman's car. I will be the first to admit it's a pain in the @$$ to unbuckle both of them and haul them inside just to return a video or what have you, but it's much preferable to the thought of them dying slowly of dehydration or heat stroke. It's one thing to step outside the car to pump gas or whatever--I don't consider it "unattended" if I can still see them--but I simply can't fathom going shopping or getting one's freaking hair done for three hours while one's precious babies roast to death in a sealed car. Please, people, just don't. Don't leave your kids unattended in your car.
Not even for a minute.
Update: I thought this story couldn't be more mind-bendingly sad and sordid, but thanks to a local news story cited by Cut on the Bias, I learned that this, this person, on returning to her car with her nice new 'do and finding her children unresponsive, drove around for three hours concoting a bogus rape story that police apparently didn't buy for a minute anyway. As Susanna notes, it's hard to say if rushing the kids to the hospital at once would have made any difference, but it's clear that this woman didn't have a thought in her head other than for her own self, and that if she could have she would have dodged the responsibility for making her babies suffer and die.