Mommy Needs To Vent

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Warning: This is a Life or Death Situation

In the time it takes to purchase a gallon of milk or a pack of cigarettes, a hot car can turn into a death trap for a child. I live in Texas and we are under a heat advisory today. Yesterday a 3-year old died of being trapped in a hot car. This child was not left behind, but wandered out of a building, only to trap herself in the family car. The awful thing is, at least 3 children die every year as a result of this, where I live alone.

You are probably thinking who could ever do that? I am a stay at home mom and my job is to take care of my children. Their are many parents in this country now that have so much going on that it is easy for a child to get lost in the scatter. I don't believe these parent s really do it on purpose, but they do have to suffer the consequences.

The most obvious is the child dying or having brain damage. Could you really live with yourself knowing this could have been prevented? If the child dies, you could be charged with involuntary manslaughter or child endangerment.


  • In the summer months, the temperature in a parked car and reach above 120 degrees in as little as 10 minutes.
  • Heat exhaustion can occur at temps above 90 degrees and heat stroke can occur when temps rise above 105 degrees.


  • If you see a child in a hot car alone, call 911 immediately-you're call can be the difference between life and death.
  • Never leave a child in an unattended car, even with the windows rolled down.
  • Check and make sure all the children leave the vehicle when you reach a destination.
  • Make sure unoccupied cars are locked, so that children don't become trapped.

Remember parents, our children depend on us to keep them safe. Please watch out for other children in cars also. Hot cars and children is a life and death situation.


Nice website. And very informative post. I didn't know it could actually happen living in a tropical country. Thanks! I hope more people could read this post.

Dr. Fil
Hey there fellow Tarheel. I recently moved from Texas back to North Carolina. I missed the trees way too much. Great blog. I love it!
Here in NC, a women was actually using the trunk of her car to babysit her 8 year old son while she was at work. Unfortunately, the heat was to much and when she came out to check on him during her break he was dead. Her job was a CNA!
I can't believe I just read that! I've only ever heard of people driving off and leaving their kids behind and not noticing for an hour or so. How could they?

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