After Infant's Death, Warnings About Leaving Kids Inside Hot Cars

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By Ashley Thompson

Parents need to make sure their children are protected from summertime heat inside parked cars.

In a Birmingham suburb this week.. police say an 11-month-old baby died after being left inside a hot car for hours.

Now, some parents are voicing their opinions about the tragic incident.

"I don't believe you can forget your child," says mom of two Shuntria Miles. "I understand it's hectic and we have a lot of things to do as mothers but you can't."

"No, she shouldn't have forgot that," says father Willie Williams. "No. That's my opinion, no. She shouldn't have forgot."

If the mother did indeed forget her child in the car, Montgomery County Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham says it's something he's seen before.

"People in today's times, we're always in a rush and we're always used to doing things a certain way," says Cunningham. "Sometimes when we veer off, we forget and then things happen."

But he says if it was no accident, the mother can be charged with a crime.

"They can charge her with manslaughter, anything. Most of the time, those cases are presented to the grand jury."

The baby was found with a temperature of at least 105 degrees and Montgomery Doctor Jeffrey Simon says anything above the normal 98.6 temperature can be dangerous.

"The body is supposed to function within a certain guide limit and when that body gets up in that 108, 109, 110...you can experience seizures, you can experience respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest. It can be fatal."

As was the case in Birmingham, where a mother is now coping with losing a child. Some say if she did not intend to neglect the baby, she should be forgiven.

"Everybody deserves a second chance," says Miles.

 




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