In the past few years, it seems we’ve heard more stories about children dying after being left in hot cars, unattended by a parent or child care provider. It may leave you wondering, how could this possibly happen? How could someone forget they’re transporting a child or forget to bring them inside?
But the reality is, life is fast paced and stress plays a role in living life on “autopilot.” Combined with sleep deprivation, a task list a mile long, departures from normal schedules, and a child asleep in the back seat, parents or child care providers may simply forget to take a child inside from a vehicle.
Studies show that almost 400 children under the age of four have died of vehicle-related hyperthermia since 1998. Where child care providers were involved in these cases, almost 100% of them were convicted.