Mom Leaves Toddler in 110-Degree Car While She Shops (VIDEO)

sunCommon sense -- and laws in some places -- tell us that small children shouldn't be left in cars alone. Ever. Not just this once, or just for "a sec" It only takes a few minutes for things to go terribly wrong, and a recent close call in Orem, Utah, illustrates one of the reasons why.

Last week, Gail Belliston was walking out of a store when she heard a child screaming from a car. According to the Deseret News, the child was terrified and sweating profusely, so after a few minutes of seeing no one coming for the kid, Belliston pulled her out. Thank goodness she did too, because testing showed the temperature in the car had reached 110 degrees.

Police were called, but the mom didn't show up until 20 minutes after they arrived.  

The woman said she'd just gone inside to use the restroom and  that her daughter was sleeping so she didn't want to wake her up. But police say the girl was left alone at least 25 minutes, so it's pretty easy to deduce that she did some shopping or something else too.

Regardless of what she was doing, there's no excuse for what she did. It was reportedly around 88 degrees outside, but temperatures rise rapidly inside a closed car. If Belliston hadn't intervened, who knows how long the little girl would have survived.

Even more concerning is that the mother was only issued a ticket for a misdemeanor, but the girl was sent home with her.

Fortunately, this story had a somewhat happy ending, despite the fear I have for this girl being in the custody of someone who would be so reckless with her safety. But there are plenty of other instances in which there isn't a heroic stranger passing by to save a child.

Already this year, four children have died from hyperthermia after being left in a car in the United States, according to Jan Null, with San Francisco State University's Department of Geosciences. In 2011, 33 children died as a result of it.

So while leaving a child in a car alone is never a good idea, it's especially important to remember as temperatures climb higher. It's dangerous, potentially deadly, and nothing is worth the risk.



Do you ever leave your small children in the car alone?


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nonmember avatar Terrible

This is so beyond horrifying. I'm in NC and in the summer just being in a car for five minutes without A/C is unbearable. I feel sorry for parents who make the dumb mistake and "forget" their kids by accident, but to intentionally leave the kid while you shop?? She deserves to be burned to death. Sick sick sick.

nonmember avatar Gretta


Katt709 Katt709

I never leave my kids in the car. I even take them both out and back in the house if I just forgot something in the house. You just never know what will happen to delay your return to the car or if someone might decide to take the kids while the parent is gone. It's a hassle to get them in and out but worth it.

ShugarD ShugarD

 Lucky for the mother that she was confronted by the right poeple because if it had been someone like me I would've beat the mess out of her and welcome the cops when I was done with her because that baby deserves a much better mother than the one that she has. How on earth could that child be released into her mothers custody when she was already proven unfit!! That is also a problem with the system because the warnings are shown to us by the things that some parents do to their kids and yet the system still releases the children back to the no good parents only for worse to happen to the children later on.. WAKE UP SOCIETY AND HELP THE CHILDREN BY STOPPING THESE NO GOOD PARENTS!!!  

Lesli... Leslie_ABS

God, this is just awful, I can't believe they would let this girl go home with her mother. IT's AS BAD AS BEATING HER! She literally would have died. 25 minutes in a car in 88 degree temperature. The internal temperature was only 110 at that relatively early point, but after 25 minutes it could have been even hotter. It's crazy. I agree with ShugarD

Mom24... Mom24munchkins

This is insane. This baby deserves better, and the "mother" deserves worse.

MamaD... MamaDee83

What a stupid woman.

nonmember avatar kaerae

I bet if the passerby had had to break a window to get the kid out, she'd have gotten more than a misdemeanor ticket!

Christen Nichols

What an idiot. How do people still think it is okay to do this?!

Amand... Amanda0712

A woman just got arrested for leaving her 4 month old in the car where I work.  She went in to get a prescription.  She was in the store for about 30 minutes.  Another customer heard the baby crying and called the police.  How on earth does this woman still keep her child?


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