The best from that article is the unblinking *alarmism*:
"I can't believe she was shopping for a child car seat when she left her baby in the car. How someone could leave their child by themselves in a car now days? I saw the girl by herself until the police arrived. Forget about the heat for a minute, what if a child molester were to happen upon the little girl by herself in the car?" said the witness who wanted to remain anonymous.
According to statics, this happens far too often, and experts said the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a car can at the very least be harmful if not deadly.
Whether it's from gear-shifted crashes, sweltering temperatures, locking parents out of a car, trunk entrapments, or playing with windows and getting limbs (or necks even) caught, horrific accidents can and do happen in a blink of an eye, experts said.
"Kids have engaged cars, have been strangled by their car seats and cars have been stolen with kids in them", said Elena Acosta of Kern County Department Of Human Services.
Purple Ribbon Month was started because a 6-month-old girl named Kaitlyn died while left unattended in her babysitter's van. Kaitlyn's Law, became effective in 2002 making it a citable offense to leave a child under 6 years of age unattended in a motor vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years of age.
What a bunch of BS, from those experts!
Just imagine the tragedy of a parent being *locked outside the car*...
Recently a friend of mine up North emailed to tell me that he was cited by the Hingham Police for leaving his nearly 6 year old son in the car outside of a store while he ran in to grab a soft drink. I believe it was some 'old coot' in the parking lot who called the cops the second my buddy jumped out of the car.
This is a practice I indulge in all the time. As to getting ratted out, I was once warned by a cashier at the Hilltop Butcher Shop in Weymouth, MA that they have had customers get similarly cited.
What was somewhat funny about my friend is that he got caught before me. Of course, though, I only leave the kids in the car when I can see them at all times from the store. AND I always do a scan of the parking lot when I jump out to make sure there are no cops nearby or other busybody types. Tinted windows are your ally!
My latest thing I do is bring my kids to the driving range. I put a DVD on and leave them in the car some 80 yards away while I chip away at my 40,000 practice balls. In fact, my kids are so TV/movie starved that my daughter is always asking me, "Dad, can you go hit balls?" How's that for a perfect little girl?!
That Boston friend did receive a follow-up visit from some government official. They came to his house to investigate! Luckily, the bureaucrat did not give him a hard time at all; he even confessed that the law was really for people who leave their kid in the car all day while they hit the slot machines and whatnot; or go to a crack house. It definitely could have been a lot more painful, say if he were in California, judging by the appalling tenor of that article.
Y'all should see me at the mall. My kids are always running pretty darn far ahead of me. And as they zoom past other people, invariably some of them start looking all around, palpably distressed, for evidence of a nearby parent. I keep sauntering towards these Morons - who never do they ever look in the direction from whence the brats came! - and try to convey to them, politely, my best MYFB glare. They most certainly ARE NOT genuinely concerned about the kids. No, they are steeped in self-righteousness as to how others should parent THEIR OWN brood.