Dad Takes Video of Little Boy Left Alone in Running Truck & Sparks a Viral Firestorm

What would you do if you saw a small child strapped into a car seat in the back of a car with the engine running and the window rolled down? Mark Hermann decided to film it, and wait for the child's parent to come back, to point out that anyone could have jacked the car with the little boy inside.


The northern Kentucky father was alarmed when he came across a truck in a strip mall with the engine running, the key in the ignition, and the window rolled down, while a young boy sat in the back, strapped into his car seat.

"At first, I didn't know if I should call the police," Hermann told ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. "I took out my camera -- actually my phone -- and I thought I'll just get a picture of the license plate and then I just started taking video."

In the video, you can hear Hermann talking to the kiddo, who appears to be about four years old. "Are you OK?" he asked him, clearly concerned for his safety. When the boy's dad came out of the store, Hermann confronted him, saying, "You know, If I was a bad guy, I probably could've just drove off with this."

The defensive dad responded, "I bet you would've got two in the back of the head ... He's not out of my eyesight."

Maybe I've heard one too many stories about kids being unintentionally kidnapped by car thiefs, but I don't think this dad was wearing his thinking cap. So what if his eyes were on the truck the whole time? All that means is that he'd be able to give a description of the criminal who might have hopped in and sped off in his vehicle.

More from The Stir: 10 Reasons Leaving Kids in the Car During an Errand Is No Big Deal

Of course there's a time and place when kids can be given more responsibility, even waiting in the car while mom or dad runs a quick errand, but I think a good general rule of thumb is that if you wouldn't leave them home alone, you shouldn't leave them in the car alone.

Or you know, if your kid is still in a five-point harness, he's probably too young to be left alone in the car.

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How old do you think kids should be before they are able to stay in the car alone?


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