We see people leave their kids alone in cars all the time. And this doesn’t have anything to do with parents being young or old, rich or poor, smart or stupid.
Anyone can wind up in this kind of situation, which is a horrible sight to see, especially on a sweltering summer day.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the temperature inside of a car can decrease or increase about 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. It is also important to mention that children are at risk because they cannot handle extreme temperatures the way adults can.
Last year, 23 children died in 14 states because of being left in cars. Nearly 40 children die this way every year in the US.
On Saturday, a mother in New Zealand decided to leave her snoozing newborn in the car, along with a note, while she went shopping. The note seemed to be written from the baby’s perspective and read: “My mum’s in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything.” It also included the mother’s cellphone number.
The New Zealand Herald reported that instead of informing the police, disbelieving shoppers immediately called the number on the note and waited near the car for her return.
A man and his family who parked in a space next to her vehicle said he was shocked to see the hand-written note on top of the baby’s blanket.
“We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back. And my wife said, ‘I’m not going in without someone being here with the baby’.”
The man said the baby looked well-cared for. “We thought it was just a silly decision by a tired mother,” he explained.More Like This: Entertainment, Hot Reads, News, Viral on the Web