A 9-month-old baby died after his father says he accidentally forgot to drop him off at the babysitter's in the morning and instead left him in the car for hours while he went to work. The incident, which is one of so many similar stories it's becoming difficult to keep track of them all, took place on Wednesday in San Jose, California, where temperatures soared to 81 degrees.
The father, who works for a vending machine company from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., was supposed to drop his baby off at his sister-in-law's house. He says there was a "misunderstanding" and he forgot to do so. When he returned to his vehicle after work, he was reportedly inconsolable after discovering his baby was unconscious from the heat and that he was responsible. The child was declared dead shortly after paramedics arrived on the scene.
I don't know about you, but it's really easy for me to hear a story like this and think: Lock him up -- he was an irresponsible parent. But in this case, dad didn't leave his baby in a car so he could smoke pot with a friend or have sex -- yep, both those things have happened. It sounds instead like he truly, honestly made a terrible mistake and that he is losing his mind over it.
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Now, you might be thinking, how could this happen? How could people pass this man's car parked on the street and not see a baby locked inside alone? For one thing, the car had tinted windows. Another: since the baby was so young, he was sitting in a rear-facing car seat and it's more difficult to spot a child strapped into one. It sounds like this was a horrific accident that had a nightmare ending because of other circumstances.
The father has not been charged by police -- yet. This is the first baby death of its kind reported this year. Let's hope it's also the last.
Do you think this dad deserves to be charged with murder for leaving his baby in the car while he went to work?
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