Every year in the US, more than 38 children are left alone in hot cars to die. These heartbreaking and preventable deaths have claimed the lives of more than 600 children since 1998.
Reporting a child locked in a hot car isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s a matter of life and death.
So it comes as a shocking surprise to hear about the reaction one mother had when a couple of good Samaritans in Longmont, Colorado, made the decision to report that her son was left in a car parked in the scorching sun.
After Shannon Dominguez spotted the boy in the car, which she claims was in the direct sun with the windows rolled up, her boyfriend, Alan Mason, did the right thing and called 911.
“It scares the heck out of me. That some innocent child might die,” Dominguez told KDVR-TV during an interview.
But his mother, Kristina Riddell, 27, wasn’t too pleased with their concerns about leaving children unattended in vehicles. She went ballistic on the couple when she returned to her car and found them on the phone with police.
According to reports, Riddell, who already had a criminal record with a long list of charges, punched Mason in the face and then got into her car and ran them over. Dominguez sustained some serious injuries during the incident and may never walk again.
“My tibia has a spiral break. My fibula has three breaks in it. They put a rod in there,” Dominguez told FOX 31. “Every day is a chore. Every day is stressful.”
Riddell was later arrested at her home and is currently facing multiple charges, including hit-and-run, child abuse and assault.