It turns out that Alicia Brown, the woman who left her four-year-old child unattended in a car for more than eight hours while she gambled at Maryland Live! Casino, is not alone. A recent study by Public Opinion Strategies found that 14 percent of parents have intentionally left their children (age six and under) alone in a parked car. Amazingly, when you narrow the field to parents of children three years old and under, the percentage jumps to 23 percent! That means almost a quarter of parents of toddlers and babies are think it’s okay to leave their children alone in a car.
Here are the facts:
+ The temperature inside a vehicle can jump 20 degrees in 10 minutes.
+ On average, a child dies of heatstroke while sitting alone in a car every 10 days.
+ Heatstroke is not the only bad thing that can happen.
The study found that fathers are three times more likely than mothers to intentionally leave their children in the car. So, dads, stop leaving your children alone in the car; moms, stop trusting your children’s fathers; bystanders, call 911.
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