Dad Arrested After 'Forgetting' Baby in Cold Car

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While we often hear horror stories of infants left in hot cars, with winter well on its way, it's just as important to remember the inherent danger of leaving kids in their car seats in the cold as well. A California dad was arrested after he said he "forgot" about his 4-month-old daughter who was strapped into her car seat as temperatures fell Saturday night. 


Fortunately, someone passing by heard the infant's screams coming from inside the car, which was parked in a residential driveway. After being unable to successfully reach anyone in the house, the man who discovered the little girl called 911.

After police arrived, they arrested the infant's dad, Alejandro Vargas, 31, who was inside the home with his three other children, ages 2, 3, and 4. Clearly, this dad, who is reportedly separated from his children's mom, has his hands full with four kids under the age of 5. But still, it's extremely fortunate that someone came along when he did and that this baby was still in good health and unharmed. 

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While there's no way to know what really transpired, we have to wonder if perhaps this baby fell asleep on the way home and the dad decided that, rather than wake her, he'd let her continue snoozing. 

We've all been there: You've gone out for the day and your exhausted little one is sleeping so peacefully, you hate to wake her. And you know if you jostle that car seat or try to remove her, she'll wake up -- and chances are she won't be in a good mood. 

So, we get it, the temptation to let sleeping babies rest is huge -- but still, there's no excuse to ever leave them unattended. If you only have one child, you can always stay in the car with him. With a phone or a book by your side, that nap passes in no time. But when you have other children who no doubt don't want to sit in the car while their sibling sleeps, it becomes more challenging and you're left with no other option but to bring baby inside -- or put your child in danger and find yourself under arrest, as happened here. 

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It's also important to note that children sleeping in car seats for extended periods isn't a good idea, even if you're with them and the temperatures are ideal.

Babies have died from a condition called "positional asphyxia," which occurs when a newborn or infant slouches down in a car seat, infant rocker, or swing, causing their airway to close. Because such young children lack the neck strength, they're unable to lift up their heads which would enable them to breathe.

Stories of parents' "forgetting" children in cars are becoming far too commonplace. Whether it's summer, winter, or a perfect spring day, leaving a child alone in a car is dangerous, and stories like these are perfect reminders to remain ever vigilant. 

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