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Kentucky Father Arrested For Leaving Baby in Hot Car by Mistake

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A Kentucky father has been arrested after an incident in which his young child was left in a hot vehicle, but the situation seems to be a mistake rather than an intentional instance of neglect.

The Kentucky father arrested is not the first and probably will not be the last person to make such a mistake even just this year — and as the weather heats up, the number of stories in which kids are left in hot cars to become seriously injured or die of hyperthermia either by accident or poor exercise in judgment always increases along with temperatures.

But the Kentucky father arrested highlights a serious side-issue when it comes to kids left in hot cars — in a case where it appears to be a genuine mistake, should anyone be held to account criminally for the outcome?

The Kentucky father, 31-year-old Kenneth Robinson, was driving his 2-year-old to day care, and in an incident with sad echoes to previous cases that ended more tragically, simply forgot to stop at the child care center before going to his job. A coworker noticed the boy, still breathing, and called an ambulance.

The Kentucky father was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, and the boy survived. But the phenomenon is well-known, and with a death toll to match. Dozens of children succumbed to hyperthermia last year after being left in a hot car, and six have died this year alone.

A few years back, the Washington Post examined in depth the scary trend, and the stories were as heartbreaking as they were utterly explainable. Our brains often cruise on autopilot, and no parent would just choose to risk near certain and painful death for their child or baby could they prevent it — which makes the motiveless crime a terrible one to punish.

Do you think the Kentucky father should have been arrested for his nearly fatal mistake?

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252 Responses to “Kentucky Father Arrested For Leaving Baby in Hot Car by Mistake”

  1. Brandi Schaub

    Yes. A crime is a crime whether it is accidental or not. It's unfortunate for him that it was accidental but VERY fortunate for the child that someone SEEN the kid in the vehicle. Just because you accidentally shoot someone does that mean you shouldn't go to jail? Changing laws allows for too many loopholes. We have too many laws w/o enough punishments. That is what is so screwed up with our government system. Stop babying people that screw up with these slaps on the wrist we call jail. We can torture information out of people but when someone murders people we just send them to prison ON TAX PAYER DOLLARS no less for a free ride AND protection from those families they hurt? Its truly ridiculous to protect those that hurt others AND to provide them with housing, food, etc while all of us honest Americans struggle pay check to pay check to provide for our families. FIX THE SYSTEM. IT IS BROKEN!

  2. Brandi Schaub

    Yes. A crime is a crime whether it is accidental or not. It's unfortunate for him that it was accidental but VERY fortunate for the child that someone SEEN the kid in the vehicle. Just because you accidentally shoot someone does that mean you shouldn't go to jail? Changing laws allows for too many loopholes. We have too many laws w/o enough punishments. That is what is so screwed up with our government system. Stop babying people that screw up with these slaps on the wrist we call jail. We can torture information out of people but when someone murders people we just send them to prison ON TAX PAYER DOLLARS no less for a free ride AND protection from those families they hurt? Its truly ridiculous to protect those that hurt others AND to provide them with housing, food, etc while all of us honest Americans struggle pay check to pay check to provide for our families. FIX THE SYSTEM. IT IS BROKEN!

  3. Tasha Orsini

    I think yes because who in their right mind forgets about their child in the car especially when you look in the rear view mirror you can see the child. I have four children and have never forgot about anyone of my children in the car because I am a mom and know that they are my first priority when we are going somewhere.

  4. Paula Qualls Gurley

    I don't understand how you leave your child in the car accidently, but I guess it is possible. I don't have a problem with the Dad being arrested, but I hope he doesn't get prison time. Maybe a time management class.

  5. Terri-Lynn Howell-Schlaiss

    When an obvious mistake has been made, and no deliberate or neglectful intent is there, what about a probationary period where the parent(s) attend a two year period of parenting classes, and volunteer in a situation that would make them appreciate their family and not get so tied up in the work and technology that keeps people so distracted?

  6. Shabana Hahn

    He forgot to take him to day care? But knew he was in the car the whole time?
    He deserved to be arrested in this case.
    God knows how long the child was actually sitting in the car.
    I left my daughter in the car one time for 3 mns when I went in a friends house to get something- and I ran out and pulled her out and poured water all over her head. I didn't realize that it would heat up so quickly.She could have gotten brain damage or pass out. Never again have I left her in the car since. I want to punch anyone who does this to their child.
    So yes arrest parents who do this to their child. In this case above in the article, this is a pure example of the man being a retard idiot. nobody forgets their kid in the car.It wasn't a mistake, he just didn't want to bring him into work with him.

  7. Dawn Machelle Dieckow

    yes I do, I just don't understand how people can forget about their children being in the car! I was a new parent too once and I never left my child in the car!

  8. Sandy Simpson

    That is not an accident, it is criminal neglect and just plain stupidity! So what is next? I just forgot I left my baby in the tub. Or….. I just forgot I left my child alone at the park. Parents are responsible for the lives and well being of their children, we need to stop making excuses!

  9. Michelle Cooper Hubbart

    I suppose it could be an accident, everyone does STUPID things, but the result is the potential death of your child. What about if you accidently lock you keys in the car with your child? Obviously you are aware of the situation but it is still a stupid mistake. If needed you could break you window to get in, but still… I suppose there should be some sort of punishment, same should apply for animals left in the car.

  10. Angela Amburgey Marshall

    I am sorry but I disagree with these people. I think that it was a terrible mistake, I find him very irresponsible but I understand the autopiolit syndrome and although I don't think he deserves jail time, a few parenting classes couldn't hurt.

  11. CarlaJo Ludwig Eiklor

    Why cant people give their vehicle a quick look over before they leave it? I will never understand how you can "forget" you have your child in the car with you. Arrest! Maybe folks will start paying attention to what's important – their children (or pets, even). Get you heads out of the clouds!

  12. Psychic-Demetri Pitt

    Apparently nobody believes in accidents anymore. People are so willing to believe that it was intentional when in reality, we don't know whether it was or not. Let the Jury Decide!

  13. Bill Bohart

    Any parent who forgets their child. Should not be a parent. I have been on auto for many many years. MY CHILDREN COME FIRST ALWAYS! Their my responsibility. Only their Mother shares this with me. No one else. NO EXCUSES!!!

  14. Bill Bohart

    Any parent who forgets their child. Should not be a parent. I have been on auto for many many years. MY CHILDREN COME FIRST ALWAYS! Their my responsibility. Only their Mother shares this with me. No one else. NO EXCUSES!!!

  15. Kara Thompson

    It is not an accident….You don't usually take your child to day care so you put your child's seat in your car, you buckle your child in, you drive into town, and you "forget" to drop them off? NO WAY possible….maybe if you did everyday and you thought Mommy was going to do it….He is lucky that his child survived….He deserves punishment and I'm not saying 20 years in prison but some sort of punishment may help him NOT FORGET again….I don't have children of my own and I guarantee you that I have never left a child I: babysit in my car….I get out they get out and I make sure they are out and safe before taking out my purse or anything else….Quit making mistakes as stupid as this and quit using excuses like I forgot…..

  16. Olivia Farcas

    THE CHILD COULD'VE FALLEN ASLEEP, THEREBY BEING SILENT AND NOT DRAWING ANY ATTENTION TO HIMSELF. THE FATHER COULD'VE ALSO HAD A LOT ON HIS MIND, AS WE ALL DO AT TIMES. IT IS VERY EASY TO DETERMINE IF IT WAS IN FACT AN ACCIDENT OR IF IT WAS COMPLETE NEGLECT.

  17. Toni Shelton

    Wow, such harsh comments. And such perfect people. I'm not so perfect that I CAN admit that I have forgotten that my child is in the car with me. They have been asleep and very quiet. I have never left them in the car because I have remembered that they are there, but I see how it happens. There are so many bad parents in this world who are so blatantly harming their children. Do I think that someone who makes a mistake, even with their child, deserves jail? NO. Do I believe that someone who makes such a mistake with their child deserves to be monitored for a period of time to ensure that this was a mistake? Yes. Why don't we leave jail to the actual criminals.

  18. Brittany Renee Spradlin

    WHOA SHOUTY CAPITALS!!!! It is just my opinion. I have kids and when they are in the car I look in my mirror about 1,000 times to check on them sleeping or not. It may have been an accident, but as a mother I don't understand it and I think he deserved to be arrested

  19. Debbie Hansen Brown Hudd

    I think he's suffering enough as it is. The arrest for 'wanton endangerment' was uncalled for. It wasn't intentional. Previous arrests in other situations similar to this apparently aren't reducing the number of these accidents either. What would we like to see happen to this parent? Jail? You think that is in the best interest of his child too? The loss of his job and ability to provide for his family as well? The removal of the child from the home? You think all that's good? I don't. He's horrified. None of you know him or what was on his mind and oh, it's easy to judge someone else. Yes, it was almost a tragedy… but it turned out okay. Thank God! Fine him, send him to parent education classes, spend more money on advertising the danger of hot cars and leaving kids and pets inside. Education and awareness need to be stepped up. Look, I have five children. It used to be easy to lose track of someone on the way from the car to the house and we were always doing head counts. I've even rounded up other people's kids at church or school or the store trying to make sure I had everyone. And as awful as it is, people do sometimes forget someone in the car and have to rush back to get them. I know this guy didn't mean to do this. It was an accident and I'm sure it will never happen again. Thank God someone saw the child and he's alive and well.

  20. Neils C. Dunn

    I don't understand such cases of absent-mindedness. Anything is popssible but to forget about a child in the car is hard to beleive. I doubt it is intentional with malicious intent, but how can one forget one's child? Dude needs some counselling and mom better take child to daycare from now on or someone who is more responsible.

  21. MaryJane Facemyer

    Yes I do and I will fight this to the fullest extent of the law, How can you (accidentally) forget your child? I mean come on it only takes a second to look in your rear view to see them, Hello its common sense really, as far as him being arrested, I think that is great he will think next time before shutting the car up in…

  22. Rachel Humphrey

    Woman don't forget we're used to bringing them around but MOST fathers NEVER bring their children to daycare or hell most anywhere else so they don't even look and will forget.

  23. Cyndi Cumbee Tant

    Would that parent have sit in a hot car. NO. Why would you leave a child in a hot car. There is no mistake about it. You don't even leave children in a car by themselves. Wake up. Heat kills children quicker than it does an adult. If you are too lazy to take care of your child then you should not be having them.

  24. Richard Carter Sr.

    Throw the book at him! There is know reason in the whole wide world to ever forget your child! They should be the number one thing on your mind at all times!

  25. Debbie Hansen Brown Hudd

    Someone need to invent an alarm that goes off loud and clear if the car seat/booster seat is still occupied and the driver's and or passenger's seats are not- maybe it should go on as soon as the car shuts off! and it should also have the ability to keep the door from locking until the car seat is unoccupied.

  26. Olivia Farcas

    FIRST OF ALL BRANDI, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU VISIT THE LOCAL LIBRARY AND SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH BOTH THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY AS WELL AS SOME BOOKS ON THE PROPER USAGE OF THE ENGLISH GRAMMAR.
    IN REGARDS TO YOUR RANT, YOU WENT OFF ON A TANGENT THAT WAS VERY FAR REMOVED FROM THE ISSUE AT HAND. KINDLY COLLECT YOUR THOUGHTS AND STICK TO THE TOPIC ON HAND, BEFORE POSTING ANY COMMENTS IN THE FUTURE.

  27. Olivia Farcas

    I TYPE USING CAPITALS LETTERS BECAUSE IT IS EASIER ON MY EYES, NOT TO OFFEND ANYONE.
    WHILE YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OPINION, AS IS EVERYONE ELSE, I WAS MERELY POINTING OUT THAT IT IS IN FACT POSSIBLE TO FORGET THINGS/PEOPLE DUE TO STRESS, LACK OF SLEEP, DEPRESSION, ETC.

  28. Olivia Farcas

    I TYPE USING CAPITALS LETTERS BECAUSE IT IS EASIER ON MY EYES, NOT TO OFFEND ANYONE.
    WHILE YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OPINION, AS IS EVERYONE ELSE, I WAS MERELY POINTING OUT THAT IT IS IN FACT POSSIBLE TO FORGET THINGS/PEOPLE DUE TO STRESS, LACK OF SLEEP, DEPRESSION, ETC.

  29. Olivia Farcas

    I TYPE USING CAPITALS LETTERS BECAUSE IT IS EASIER ON MY EYES, NOT TO OFFEND ANYONE.
    WHILE YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OPINION, AS IS EVERYONE ELSE, I WAS MERELY POINTING OUT THAT IT IS IN FACT POSSIBLE TO FORGET THINGS/PEOPLE DUE TO STRESS, LACK OF SLEEP, DEPRESSION, ETC.

  30. Megan Walters

    Don't be self-righteous. There are probably any number of situations wherein you've allowed your child to be in harm's way. I bet there are times things have happened that you're glad no one else knew about because it was so stupid and you were lucky your kid was ok.

    I think these things should be taken on a case by case basis. This father was not on drugs, not drinking, didn't have a history of abusing the child. You say he should be arrested, and maybe that's true, but I don't think someone should do time for something like this. That's more harm than good for the child. Something does need to happen to make a strong impression on the forgetful parent, however. Yes, it's a good think this child wasn't more severely harmed or killed. But under the circumstances I think the parent should be fined and perhaps do some sort of community service or take a class or something else that will serve as a reminder not to let their minds wander when they have their child with them.

  31. Megan Walters

    Don't be self-righteous. There are probably any number of situations wherein you've allowed your child to be in harm's way. I bet there are times things have happened that you're glad no one else knew about because it was so stupid and you were lucky your kid was ok.

    I think these things should be taken on a case by case basis. This father was not on drugs, not drinking, didn't have a history of abusing the child. You say he should be arrested, and maybe that's true, but I don't think someone should do time for something like this. That's more harm than good for the child. Something does need to happen to make a strong impression on the forgetful parent, however. Yes, it's a good think this child wasn't more severely harmed or killed. But under the circumstances I think the parent should be fined and perhaps do some sort of community service or take a class or something else that will serve as a reminder not to let their minds wander when they have their child with them.

  32. Megan Walters

    Don't be self-righteous. There are probably any number of situations wherein you've allowed your child to be in harm's way. I bet there are times things have happened that you're glad no one else knew about because it was so stupid and you were lucky your kid was ok.

    I think these things should be taken on a case by case basis. This father was not on drugs, not drinking, didn't have a history of abusing the child. You say he should be arrested, and maybe that's true, but I don't think someone should do time for something like this. That's more harm than good for the child. Something does need to happen to make a strong impression on the forgetful parent, however. Yes, it's a good think this child wasn't more severely harmed or killed. But under the circumstances I think the parent should be fined and perhaps do some sort of community service or take a class or something else that will serve as a reminder not to let their minds wander when they have their child with them.

  33. John Hermans

    Child endangerment is a crime, whether you intended to or not can dictate the punishment (or lack of it) for the crime but it is still a crime. (crime is a funny word if you say it repeatedly).

  34. John Hermans

    Child endangerment is a crime, whether you intended to or not can dictate the punishment (or lack of it) for the crime but it is still a crime. (crime is a funny word if you say it repeatedly).

  35. John Hermans

    Child endangerment is a crime, whether you intended to or not can dictate the punishment (or lack of it) for the crime but it is still a crime. (crime is a funny word if you say it repeatedly).

  36. Olivia Farcas

    ASHLEY, I AM GLAD THAT YOU SEEM TO BE SO SURE OF YOURSELF, BUT WHEN YOU DECIDE TO BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF, YOU'LL REALIZE THAT YOU'VE ALSO FORGOTTEN THINGS FROM TIME TO TIME DUE TO YOUR STATE OF MIND AT THE TIME.

  37. Leigh Helm

    This man should be locked in a closed up car for hours in the middle of the day with no water or form of air……it is really tooooo bad that any stupid idiot can have a child…..

  38. Monnie Glieden Ulrich

    I'm not saying it was an accident or not, but I just don't understand how anyone could forget they have a child in the car. I believe he should be arrested, spend some time in jail and then communitity work or something to give him time to think about what he had done.

  39. Brittany Renee Spradlin

    things yes, children no. If it was depression or his mind was pre occupied with something else he should have had the sense to realize he was not in the right frame of mind to take care of the child and find someone else to do it.

  40. Leigh Helm

    I don't think any of us will admit we are perfect parents and that does not exist…..but everytime you look in your rear view mirror you see your child….hard to forget they are there don't you think???

  41. Leigh Helm

    bet he remembered to lock the car so it wouldn't get taken….but couldn't remember the kid in the back seat….

  42. Olivia Farcas

    EVIDENTLY YOU LIVE IN UTOPIA BRITTANY. I HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO RESIDE THERE AND STOP POSTING COMMENTS IN REGARDS TO REAL ISSUES THAT PEOPLE FACE ON PLANET EARTH.

  43. Anonymous

    So, if someone accientally forgets to buckle a kid into a car seat and not accident occurs, is that a criminal offense as well? One time my wife and I each thought the other had buckled our daughter in and drove about 15 miles before we realized she wasn't restrained. I had placed our daughter inside our car (not running, don't bother accusing me of that) to play on the seat while we were packing, and for the first time ever she climbed into her seat by herself. I thought my wife had placed her in, she thought I had. And we drove off with her loose in the seat. We were scared as all hell when we noticed and immediately pulled over. Thankfully nothing happened. And YES it WAS an accident, don't DARE try accusing me of doing it on purpose. Intent does matter sometimes folks. I am saying this just to play devil's advocate here. Personally I don't think I would ever forget my child was in the car with me, but how can any of us say for 100% certain, hmm? Everyone is perfect on the internet apparently. Well, I just admitted I am not. So throw me in jail for my past infraction. Also, funny how not one person who commented blasting the father has said they are happy the child is okay. Goes to show you how wonderful some of you perfect people really are. And yep, I am glad the child is okay and that the father doesn't have to live with the death of his child because of a stupid, avoidable mistake. From a not perfect father.

  44. Ashley Sanford

    Yes I do forget thing…heck all the time. But I never forget my kids in the car. I check my mirror plenty of times to make sure their ok, and Brittany is right if you are in the wrong frame of mind to take care of your own child then someone else should.

  45. Toni Shelton

    Brittany Renee Spradlin It must be great to be so perfect. A lot of times when this happens it's because the father is not used to taking his child to daycare. As a mother, I know I'm the one who takes my children most places, their father doesn't. It's awful when someone's mistake involves a child, but this doesn't always make that person a criminal. Heaven forbid YOU make a mistake that involves your child because you didn't check on them 1001 times. There is a mother now who has just been charged with abusing her child, videotaping it and sending it to the father. THAT is a criminal. THAT is not a mistake.

  46. Anonymous

    Actually, most of the cases of children left in a car are from women. Look it up and try not to be such a moron.

  47. Pamela Welborn

    You don't FORGET you have your child in the backseat! If you have no longer of a memory than that, you don't need to be a parent!

  48. Robin Dee Boozer-Akers

    If it is an accident no punishment you give them could be worse than what they are doing to themselves.I cant even imagine what they must be going thru.

  49. Olivia Farcas

    I DON'T "REMEMBER" TO LOCK MY VEHICLE. IT'S JUST A HABIT. I SUGGEST WE LEAVE THIS MAN ALONE, AND FOCUS ON THE REAL CRIMES/CRIMINALS THAT EXIST IN THIS SOCIETY. I ASSURE YOU, WE HAVE MUCH MORE PRESSING MATTERS TO ADDRESS THAN A PARENT THAT OBVIOUSLY FORGOT THEIR CHILD IN THE CAR. DID THE CHILD LOOK AS THOUGH HE WERE ABUSED IN ANY WAY? DID HE LOOK HEALTHY, WELL FED, CLEAN? IF SO, THEN BE SURE HIS FATHER CARES ABOUT HIM/FOR HIM, AND SIMPLY MADE A MISTAKE. IF YOU THINK THIS INCIDENT DESERVES THIS MUCH ATTENTION, THEN PERHAPS YOU SHOULD REPORT THAT THOUSANDS OF OTHER PARENTS THAT TRULY NEGLECT/ABUSE THEIR CHILDREN BY ALLOWING THEIR HOMES TO BE FILTHY, THAT USE PROFANITY AROUND THEIR CHILDREN, AND HARM THEM IN MANY, MANY OTHER WAYS.

  50. Joan Scully Ballantyne

    Kara I agree this is the height of not being in the "moment" . I don't think he should go to jail however I do think something to help him keep track of his priorities (children) if there was a death whew how tragic. Perhaps community service working with disabled children???

  51. Jolene Will

    Yes. It's a crime. Felony. I live in Phoenix, AZ. The temperture here in summer can easily climb to 115 degrees outside a car. I can not imagine this poor babies terror seeing "daddy" walk away from him and knowing there was no way for him to get out. Of course handcuff dear daddy. His sentece should be to spend 2 hours in a hot closed car and that way he won't forget again. That and a permenent mark on his criminal record.

  52. Olivia Farcas

    ASHLEY – DO YOU LIVE NEXT DOOR TO BRITTANY ON "PERFECT ST" IN UTOPIA? PLEASE STOP BEING SO SELF RIGHTEOUS, IT'S SICKENING.

  53. Melanie Ann Hardy Huttula

    A mistake? Absolutely NOT! I have a 4 year old son and he's so vocal I don't think I could forget about him in the back seat…if they fall for that, that's so sad! He should be charged and arrested!

  54. Ashley Sanford

    If you know your husband cant handle his own kids then you don't leave him with them. Honestly that's sad and says a lot about his interaction with them, this mistake could have left him without a child.

  55. Joan Scully Ballantyne

    I agree, a purse or briefcase or something in the back seat to remind the "preoccupied caretaker" that a child is with them, or perhaps a CellPhone, laptop, Ipad?

  56. Anonymous

    ABSOLUTELY he shoul be arrested! It doesn't matter what excuse or reason a parent has. PARENTS, you child should be the first and most important thing on your mind 24/7. AUTOPILOT is NO excuse! Local authorities should do PSA's every hour during these heat waves, using any and every media known to man. TOO man little ones are left to die a horrible death because their parents are self absorbed and just neglectful of what should be their first consideration!

  57. Jaimee Crawford

    My son is extended rear-facing…so no, I don't see my child, I see the back of his carseat. It is not hard to forget when they are silent and sleeping. Some people need to come down off their pedestal they put themselves on here.

  58. Shannon Smith Mackintosh

    Olivia, Olivia, Olivia….SHUT UP. In case it escaped your steeltrap of a mind <cough>, no one seems to care what you think. Insulting Brandi for posting her opinion – regardless of her grammatical prowess or lack thereof – was rude, mean-spirited and uncalled for. Obviously the ability to spell correctly does not automatically make you superior.

  59. Toni Shelton

    Not always hard to forget. You asked me that after reading my comment that I HAVE forgotten my child was in the car. People don't always put the carseat in a place that is easily seen in the rearview mirror. In a time when they are rushed, they put it behind the drivers seat. I don't know about you, but I can't see my child in the rearview mirror when it's in that position. I do know it's easy to judge someone when it hasn't happened to you. This man is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life. Whatever happened that day, whether he forgot because he is not used to taking his child to daycare or if something distracted him, he will always know what he almost did. It will slow him down in the future. And comparing locking the car? Well, unless you drive an old, old car, most cars have remotes that lock the car. Most people use these remotes on autopilot.

  60. Elke Kolodinski

    jail, yes. prison, no. if he spends a few hours in jail, you betcha he'll never forget the kid in the car again.

  61. Joan Scully Ballantyne

    Well isn't this a sad state of affairs, it may very well be that women are the most often to forget the kids and that brings up another situation why are women the ones to do most of the dropping off?

  62. Anonymous

    If your that busy you need to make some serious changes in your life!

  63. Anonymous

    If your going to pick on Brandi for grammar and the like, you should be corrected on your over use of capital letters. A sales manager should know better than to scream an entire paragraph!

  64. Anonymous

    If your going to pick on Brandi for grammar and the like, you should be corrected on your over use of capital letters. A sales manager should know better than to scream an entire paragraph!

  65. Toni Shelton

    It's nice that you all think life is so black and white….And nobody is getting mad because you appear to be so perfect Ashley. I wish I could proclaim that I have never made ANY mistakes when it came to my kids, but I can't and I won't sit here and lie about it. And I also have friends and family who aren't so perfect. You know, for some of us older folks, we can remember before remote door locks, people used to "accidentally" lock their babies in the car. In your logic, this wasn't an accident but a blatant case of child abuse and they should have been arrested. Man I miss the days where people weren't so judgmental. Oh yeah, and innocent until proven guilty. I think we forgot that too………

  66. Donna Kober

    I agree. If the father has no jail record and no record of parental or spousal abuse and is monitored on probation for 1 or 2 years that should be enough. If anything happens again on probation, off to jail he goes!

  67. Olivia Farcas

    SHANNON – I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT BRANDI HAD HIRED AN ATTORNEY. IN REGARDS TO MY COMMENTS/OPINIONS, I AM ENTITLED TO THEM JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO AGREE WITH ME, BUT I'LL THANK YOU TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND NOT ADDRESS ANYMORE COMMENTS TO ME. YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY AN ILLITERATE INDIVIDUAL THAT I DO NOT WISH TO CARRY ON A CONVERSATION WITH. GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE!

  68. Caleb Rogers

    Yea. because all of you know every single little detail that contributed to what happened because you all are gods and know what happened, you can judge and say throw him in jail or play it safe, people make mistakes stop acting like half of you are perfect, you people are why the world sickens me yea he made a mistake, so now your saying because he did this his kid should live without a father for many years of there life, the media needs to stop making peoples lives the showcase for america and a tool for money, you sick fucks.

  69. Caleb Rogers

    Yea. because all of you know every single little detail that contributed to what happened because you all are gods and know what happened, you can judge and say throw him in jail or play it safe, people make mistakes stop acting like half of you are perfect, you people are why the world sickens me yea he made a mistake, so now your saying because he did this his kid should live without a father for many years of there life, the media needs to stop making peoples lives the showcase for america and a tool for money, you sick fucks.

  70. Olivia Farcas

    juliekcash – MY USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS CAN HARDLY BE COMPARED TO THE USE OF IMPROPER GRAMMAR. YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY TOO YOUNG TO REALIZE THAT PRIOR TO THE INTERNET, NO ONE WAS EVER OFFEND BY THE USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS. THEREFORE, YOU ARE INCORRECT IN ASSUMING THAT I WAS 'SCREAMING", WHEN POSTING MY COMMENTS.

  71. Janet Turtle Jaso

    I personally can understand the phenomenon, with tired mom brain, as when my little one first started preschool I would once in a while have a 1/2 second of panic and a short thought of "where is he? Oh yeah, duh." So for me it's never gone this far as this father… But a criminal? No, not in my opinion. Leave jail to real criminals. How about a mandatory psych evaluation and counseling to help deal with the crazy stress or whatever the issue it is that caused him to be so absentminded?

  72. Olivia Farcas

    juliekcash – MY USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS CAN HARDLY BE COMPARED TO INCORRECT GRAMMATICAL USAGE. ALSO, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY TOO YOUNG TO REALIZE THAT PRIOR TO THE INTERNET, NO ONE WAS EVER OFFENDED BY THE USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS. THEREFORE, YOU ARE INCORRECT IN ASSUMING THAT I WAS "SCREAMING" WHEN POSTING MY COMMENTS.

  73. Brandi White

    yes I do think he should be arrested…how do you forget your children in a car is what I want to know? I am a mother a two children and they are full of drama and sometimes they have me going so much that I forget things too…like where my keys are…but not ever have I forgot to take my child out of the car…Im sorry but that excuse just doesn't work for me..

  74. Ashley Sanford

    Why do I have to be perfect because I dont forget my kids. So the parent that leaves their child in the bathtub, and they drown is that a simple accident as well? Even if someone leaves the keys in the car, they can get help anywhere to get their door unlocked or just brake the window. The point is you didn't go hours before you realized your mistake that again could make you without a child. Some mistakes you DO NOT MAKE. Dealing with your own kids is one of them.

  75. Brandi White

    Brittany Renee Spradlin completely agree I look at my children all the time…Its habit especially when they are quiet!!!

  76. Ski Nunofursb

    I look in my rear view mirrow alot and unless an adult or older child that is tall enough for me to see is sitting back there, then I can not see the small ones but no one should forget about their child. but we are not perfect and never will be. our busy lifes lets us forget alot of things that's really important to us, it doesn't make us not love or care about our children, just not as aware as we should be. no one wants to lose or hurt their child in anyway! I agree Robin. lol

  77. Olivia Farcas

    Pam Cochran Barnett AS I'VE STATED BEFORE, THE OFFICER THAT RESPONDED TO THIS CALL SHOULD'VE TAKEN A LOOK AT THE CHILD AND CHECKED FOR ANY BRUISES, DIRTY/TATTERED CLOTHING,EVIDENCE OF MALNOURISHMENT, ETC. THESE ARE ALL SIGNS OF NEGLECT/ABUSE. AS TO THE FATHER, IT'S VERY EASY TO TELL IF SOMEONE IS GENUINELY CONCERNED AND REMORSEFUL IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, OR DEFENSIVE. IT SOUNDS LIKE THE OFFICER WAS INCOMPETENT AND LACKED COMMON SENSE (AS DO MANY PEOPLE).

  78. Hernando Suanico

    Oh, Death Penalty all the WAY! J/K Look, It happens, People die all the time due to moronic mistakes, Children so as well. Maybe he child was right behind him, under a blanket, we don't know. What we do know is that he probably doesn't drop the kid off all the time, has a key lock on his key (Hence why he didn't have to look into his car when he left it to lock it) and he went on with his daily routine… Jail Time for being absent minded? He didn't remember having his child in the first place… It's not like he left the kid in the car while he went to a bar (Which has happened!) Or waited 3 months to report his baby missing (Casey Anthony, I'm looking at you) For all we know he has the ugliest most annoying child ever birthed and he was subconciously trying to kill it… You guys are all melodramatic about this, and I find it HILARIOUS… Get over yourselves, Cause your probably doing something stupid…. right…. now.

  79. Ashley Sanford

    Olivia why do you have to attack the way folks grammar is, you got the point they were making. Take your own advise, stick to the subject at hand. Also you do have kids…ok have you ever left them alone somewhere ? For someone so understanding of what this man did, their must have been something you have done before. just wondering

  80. Brandi White

    @ Ashley Sanford thats the point…nothing else…your a parent…the moment you find out your a parent your are suppose to protect your children from any harm..not leave them in hot cars so die!!! And Im sorry but they have been many times I have had alot of my mind..stressed out and in a hurry but I have never "forgot" my children in a car.

  81. Karol Medlock

    If you can forget you have another human being in your car, maybe you shouldn't be allowed to drive the car in the first place. You might have a problem that might cause you to accidently "forget" to stop at a stop sign or accidently "forget" to use caution at a crosswalk.. Leaving a child in a car alone for 1 second in any kind of weather should be considered neglect and punishable to the highest degree possible.

  82. Cathy Vinson

    I cant imagine forgetting your child, but I don't want to judge, it just seems to me if one is charged then other should be also, some get away with it and the child died and this guy is alreday arrested even though the child survived? where is the justice in that?

  83. Rachel Humphrey

    I'm not talking logistics here. Of course if you look at the numbers your going to see more woman doing it. If you look at a city of 10,000 families in 8,000 or more the mother spends more time with the children. So of course the number of people is going to be higher in woman since there are more opportunities for them. But the men stay with the children less often than mother so their routine is going to accommodate the children more so the children won't be forgotten as often because they are used to getting them. But I can't give you a handful of fathers who drop their children off at day care so it's not normally done they forget unless for some reason it jars their memory. Not all the time but More often….

  84. Janis Ireland

    Yes, I believe he should have been arrested because theywould have arrested the MOM and made her a national disgrace…and would he have been understanding if his WIFE had made that mistake….I don't think so….. I don't believe there should be jail time, but absolutely public service giving speeches etc about what happened AND he should be on probation to make sure it does not happen again. How can anyone, any parent forget they have a baby/child in the car….it is beyond me….I don't think this is a mistake…it is negligence! the child could have died….and then what?

  85. Brandi White

    nope not a perfect parent…made plenty of mistakes…however stupid mistakes like that could hurt and end your child's life…he deserves to be arrested…what about the baby who had to endure sitting in a hot car for God knows how long before someone noticed…Im sorry it may have been an accident however @ Olivia and Toni Im tired and fed up with hearning about how babies are getting hurt, neglected, sexual abused and even murdered by the person who is suppose to care for them and love them..their parent!!!

  86. Janis Ireland

    to Olivia…I can not believe you are a parent….I don't know any parents of any ages ( I am 60) who thinks forgetting a child sleeping or otherwise is a simple mistake….if a woman would have done this and the child died, I don't think the dad, or society or the police would be understanding. He will never do this again.

  87. Janis Ireland

    to Olivia…I can not believe you are a parent….I don't know any parents of any ages ( I am 60) who thinks forgetting a child sleeping or otherwise is a simple mistake….if a woman would have done this and the child died, I don't think the dad, or society or the police would be understanding. He will never do this again.

  88. Mitchell Schuller

    Do you have kids? Many times we're so overwhelmed or so used to a routine that mistakes do happen, even when you have children. We don't need to waste time arresting people every time they make a parenting mistake.

  89. Janis Ireland

    Olivia Farcas I notice that you workd at Premier Motors…you have cost them a great deal of business today. And again…stop shouting at us and lose the caps. see how many people agree with you…not many

  90. Brandi White

    Olivia Farcas- wow so how did i go off the subject? Im sorry that you believe you are better than me and have the right to talk to me like that…its okay though because guess what I am happy with who I am…what I have trouble understanding is how you just bashed me for my opinion however when someone wants to talk sh*t about your opinion you say you dont have to agree with me but I will thank you to keep your mouth shut???

  91. Janis Ireland

    mtmr02 Thats because MOST of the people who take children to daycare are women….that is not an accurate analysis…..

  92. Toni Shelton

    @Ashley, no one said you were perfect. Your "I don't make mistakes with my child" attitude would state otherwise. Let's look at the examples you provided…..In the example of the bathtub, do you only look at it as black and white there too? Have you looked at all sides this. I had a friend who put her baby down for a nap on her bed. She put pillows down around him. Just like our mothers did to us. Her baby died from suffocation. A fact that is still haunting her to this day and has caused many problems in her life. It was before new mothers were told not to put anything around their baby. Her baby wasn't old enough to turn over yet so she had no idea it would. In your logic, she did this on purpose and should be jailed for it. I was at a relatives house one day and she was giving her 2 small children a bath. She had twins. She took one out of the bath to put a towel on them and turned to get the second child out. The first child dashed off and slipped on the linoleum because they were wet. She, being in a panic because her child was hurt, ran to get the first child thus leaving the second one in the bath. Even I ran with her to the one who had gotten hurt because it is instinct. Luckily nothing happened to the second child, but it so could have. Again, not everything is black and white, right or wrong. Life happens. If you don't realize this then you will be in for a big surprise when it finally happens to you.

  93. David Whitmon

    I really believe that this dad did not do this intentionally but neither would I call it an accident. Calling it an accident implies that it was unavoidable which this clearly wasn't. I would think court mandated help from the local child support services would be in order.
    This was a mistake that could have had deadly repercussions for all involved but fortunately will hopefully work out to be wake up call. I hope it all works out for the best.

    As to my limited child rearing experience, I have been and am a single parent raising two daughters and prior to that a stay at home dad.

  94. Keke Durham

    I wouldn't leave my dog in the car much less my child. It's just plain common sense. So I don't think parent should get a break on this one.

  95. Toni Shelton

    Janis Ireland Just recently a woman left her child in the car here. People WERE sympathetic. People knew her. They knew she would never have done this on purpose. Assigning blame right away does not happen everywhere. Because we admit our faults and don't jump to hang a person who makes a mistake doesn't mean that we are bad parents. I have 3 children ages 18, 13, and 3. All alive and healthy despite all the mistakes I readily admit I made throughout their lives.

  96. Janis Ireland

    If you can't remember you have a baby/child in the car; then you should not be driving PERIOD. You should not be going to work. I actually think the only reason someone could forget a child in the heat in the car in this situation is that they are hung over from the night before. Sorry…but it is the only reasonable explanation. And remember, don't do this to your pets either!

  97. Brandi White

    Olivia Farcas- You have some real issues going on upstairs you should get looked at because how do you come onto a blog and start poking fun at everyone for they way they spelled something or grammar was not correct…that is not the point…the point is a child almost died because their father "forgot" to take his child out of the car…maybe it would be easier to understand if the dad remebered about his kid instead of someone else doing it for him…

  98. Janis Ireland

    Olvia…..Then you should not be driving, you should not be working as you can't give a full days worth to your employer and you should absolutley not be caring for children who can't help themselves. We've all been there, depressed, with financial worries, perhaps someone dear has just died…but you don't forget a baby/child who is unable to help themselves in a hot car or anywhere else. If you notice , most of us are compassionate and against jail time…but want the dad to be on probation and monitored…and some public service.

  99. Elizabeth V. Moore

    @Tasha…exactly…the children are the first priority.

  100. Olivia Farcas

    Janis Ireland WHETHER YOU BELIEVE I AM A PARENT OR NOT, IS OF NO IMPORTANCE TO ME. THIS IS ALSO NOT ABOUT A MAN VERSUS A WOMAN LEAVING THE CHILD IN THE CAR. IT IS ABOUT A HUMAN BEING THAT SIMPLY FORGOT AND AS A RESULT LEFT THE CHILD IN THE CAR. YOU SHOULD TRY BEING HONEST FOR A CHANGE AND REALIZE THAT WE ARE NOT PERFECT EITHER, AND THIS COULD'VE EASILY HAPPENED TO EITHER ONE OF US TOO.

  101. Janis Ireland

    Toni Shelton Your examples are not anywhere near the topic. we are talking about a dad taking his baby/child to daycare and forgetting the child in a hot car!!!!! Horrific accidents happen to good people. But this dad FORGOT his child…..the examples you stated are not about a parent forgetting their child. Do you know how hot it is in a car if the outdoor temp is in the 80's, 90's, 100's? Every hour the temp increases dramatically!

  102. Janis Ireland

    Hey Olivia….I purposely put a typo in one of my replies to you…since I am a member of mensa…..I just can't wait for you to tell me how ignorant I am and that I need to educate myself. You are so mean and hostile and yet you want us to understand you use caps because it is easier for you to see…..how about some understanding for everyone else? typos happen, sometimes intelligent people make grammar and spelling mistakes…but we are all to understand that you ARE NOT SHOUTING AT US WHEN YOU USE CAPS. SHEESH

  103. Olivia Farcas

    Ashley Sanford YES ASHLEY, I HAVE 2 CHILDREN, AND ON MANY OCCASSIONS MADE MISTAKES IN REGARDS TO THEM. I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO DO CERTAIN THINGS FOR THEM OR WITH THEM, BUT NOT ONCE DID I STOP LOVING THEM OR PROVIDING THEM WITH EVERYTHING THAT A CHILD DESERVES. I AM UNDERSTANDING OF THIS SITUATION BECAUSE I REALIZE SOMETHING WHICH YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY TOO STUPID TO COMPREHEND: HUMANS ARE NOT PERFECT! I AM ALSO PROUD TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT A PERFECT HUMAN BEING, MUCH LESS A PERFECT PARENT (WHICH DOES NOT EXIST BY THE WAY), THEY ARE BOTH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH A 4.0 AVERAGE THAT HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF THEM. STOP BEING NAIVE AND WAKE UP!

  104. Ashley Sanford

    Toni you and miss Olivia really have this "things happen" mentality. I never said I don't make mistakes as a mother, some things however you just don't do. Now as for your friend who put her baby to sleep with a pillow, I am sorry for her loss. That situation was not her fault. I am just saying it like this, certain things you can not make a mistake with. Leaving your kids in the car or bathtubs is a big no no. With your other friend, if you were their you could have stayed in the bathroom while she went after the other child. Every parent is guilty one time or another with their own kids. Long story short some things are just plain stupidity, lack of judgement, and bad parenting.

  105. Keith Ketron

    If you're that overwhelmed with life then you do not need to be raising children…Yes they should get arrested and be punished.

  106. Lee Crandall

    Stupid? maybe – but if stupidity was a crime there wouldn't be many left on the streets.

  107. Olivia Farcas

    JANIS, FOR BEING A 60 YEAR-OLD WOMAN (AS YOU CLAIM), YOU ARE VERY IMMATURE AND STUPID, BUT SADLY A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE IDIOTS THAT ABOUND IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY.

  108. Olivia Farcas

    ASHLEY, IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN (WHICH I HIGHLY DOUBT BASED ON YOUR IDIOTIC COMMENTS), I HOPE THEY ARREST YOU TOO THE NEXT TIME YOU DO SOMETHING STUPID. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!

  109. Farrah I.

    Theres absolutley no excuse for forgetting about your child and leaving them in harms way. I dont give a damn what the reason is. And if the child died, then what? He was lucky his didnt.

  110. Nancy Repass Balatbat

    I find it hard to believe that you are suppose to drop your child off to day care and you forget the child is in the car anyone believes this guys story I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell you. I disagree with anyone who says it was a parenting mistake.

  111. Janis Ireland

    You are out of line in the way you talk to others. I can imagine the kind of boss you are…or how difficult it is for your co workers to work with you. The real world is you take care of your children and if you can't you don't put them in harms way…That is the real world. Regardless of health, state of mind, depression etc you should not be in charge of a child/baby if you are in such desperate condition you forget them.

  112. Brittany Renee Spradlin

    Olivia, no one claimed to be perfect, and just because a child doesn't have bruises doesn't mean they aren't being harmed. This whole situation may have been a mistake, accident, or whatever you want to call it, but whatever it was it could have cost that little boy his life, and the fact that you are so blazaie about it makes me sad for you. By the way, who died a made you queen bee? Last time I checked this was a place where people could freely post their opinion, so where do you get off telling people to not comment. Toni, so what you seem to be saying is that because it was a man that did this and men aren't typically in charge of taking kids to daycare that it is ok? The article doesn't state whether or not this was his typical routine. For all you know he could take his child to daycare everyday. My husband is very involved in our children's lives and when my son was in daycare he took him a picked him up on a daily basis, all the while managing to never forget him. Sorry if your children's father wasn't involved in their lives, that's sad for you and them, but that is not the case for everyone!

  113. Shelly Chapman

    Oh hell yes mistake or not you DO NOT leave your child in a car. The person will never forget again lucky this time the kid didn't die.

  114. Brittany Renee Spradlin

    Shannon Smith Mackintosh finally someone said it! Apparently she is the Facebook grammar police and also sees no problem with leaving her kids in a hot car

  115. Ashley Sanford

    Olivia Shame on you to wish harm on another person or their children for that matter. Your ignorance is sad, yes I do have children 5 for your information. My comments are from a parent who knows what mistakes are acceptable , and ones you just don't make. No one is perfect when it comes to their kids, I'll be the first to admit that.

  116. Ashley Sanford

    Olivia Shame on you to wish harm on another person or their children for that matter. Your ignorance is sad, yes I do have children 5 for your information. My comments are from a parent who knows what mistakes are acceptable , and ones you just don't make. No one is perfect when it comes to their kids, I'll be the first to admit that.

  117. Olivia Farcas

    JANIS, YOUR COMMENTS JUST KEEP GETTING MORE INANE. I DIDN'T "WORKD" AT PREMIER MOTORS (IT'S SPELLED WORKED), I WORK AT PREMIER MOTORS. YOUR ASSUMPTION THAT I AM AT WORK TODAY (INCORRECT), AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT I AM SHOUTING AT YOU (ALSO INCORRECT), LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE AN IMBECILIC WOMAN. THEREFORE, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ADDRESSING ANY FURTHER COMMENTS TO ME, AS I DO NOT POSSESS THE PATIENCE TO DEAL WITH CREATURES SUCH AS YOURSELF.

  118. Olivia Farcas

    JANIS, YOUR COMMENTS JUST KEEP GETTING MORE INANE. I DIDN'T "WORKD" AT PREMIER MOTORS (IT'S SPELLED WORKED), I WORK AT PREMIER MOTORS. YOUR ASSUMPTION THAT I AM AT WORK TODAY (INCORRECT), AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT I AM SHOUTING AT YOU (ALSO INCORRECT), LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE AN IMBECILIC WOMAN. THEREFORE, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ADDRESSING ANY FURTHER COMMENTS TO ME, AS I DO NOT POSSESS THE PATIENCE TO DEAL WITH CREATURES SUCH AS YOURSELF.

  119. Brandi White

    Olivia Farcas how is it i am stupid and narrow minded because i said you have something wrong upstairs..all im saying is if you do in fact have kids i feel terrible and sorry for them!!!!

  120. Farrah I.

    As a mother, I cant conceive of the idea. Leaving my child in in the back seat of my car in 90 something degree weather? I look a my son quite frequently when I'm driving, especially if he is very quiet. While I understand that people can be distracted, have a lot on their mind, so on and so forth…but FORGETTING about your CHILD? Makes no sense and I have no sympathy for him really. Not sure if an arrest is warranted but there needs to be some sort of consequence. Hes lucky his child didn't die.

  121. Olivia Farcas

    Janis Ireland WHY ARE YOU STILL ADDRESSING COMMENTS TO ME? HAVE I NOT MADE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT I CONSIDER YOU TO BE A COMPLETE IDIOT? LET ME REITERATE: I AM NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR OPINIONS OR COMMENTS!

  122. Ashley Sanford

    Olivia Looks to me the only one ignorant, moronic, or whatever else you said on here is you. Clearly looking at the comments not alot of people agree with your methods. Please stop, your behind more than it is.

  123. Sandy Maliga

    What is the purpose of making something a crime? Is it to stop people from doing it? If the fine or jail time is tiny compared to the guilt and shame a person would experience then there is no point to imposing it.

  124. Brandi White

    OLIVIA FARCAS GUESS WHAT IN AMERICAN YOUR ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OPINION AS WELL AS EVERYONE ELSE….IF YOU DO NOT WANT PEOPLE TALKING TO YOU GUESS WHAT YOU HAVE THE GOD GIVING RIGHT TO GO TO ANOTHER WEBSITE…IT WOULD NOT HURT ANYONE'S FEELINGS…A LITTLE BOY COULD HAVE DIED BECAUSE HIS FATHER "FORGOT" HIM IN A CAR… THAT IS THE TOPIC!!!!

  125. Brandi Schaub

    Olivia Farcas Just like you I have posted my opinion and by which you're entitled to so am I. I never claimed to be "grammatically correct". As for misspellings, I am human and I make little things called typos. I type over 90 words a minute and please consider yourself gracious enough to have gotten a response from me in regards to your crude reply to my "off topic rant". What would you… yourself call your rant on speaking about my grammar? Was that on topic? My husband served in the military to protect and serve people who deserve to be protected and served. YOU. Do you feel superior to me with your caps now? Think before you speak and before you judge other people. I sincerely hope you reevaluate your life if the only thing you had taken from my post was my grammatical errors. My comment was not off topic. I addressed a growing problem with our nation. What did you do today? Oh right, you simply complained and argued about someone's grammar on the internet. Someone that does a lot more for this country than simply sit behind a damn desk all day, complain, and gain a paycheck all the while making the company she works for appear like they hire nothing but mindless fools. To you I say grow up and take pride in what you say online to people you may or may not impact and a world that WILL remember where you work, who you work for, and think for a moment that anything you say can be detrimental to your job and to your family. Be blessed everyone and thank you all for "having my back". :)

  126. Brandi White

    awesome way to correct your spelling Brittany since that happens to be the most important thing..forget your kid in a car no biggie!!! dont u dare think about using improper english or grammar though!!!

  127. Sally Mendzela

    This is a real pet peeve for me. I don't know what the alternative would be. I support an arrest. It's like a wake-up slap. How the hell can someone "forget" they have a child in their car?

  128. Deborah Sunshine

    did u read the article…do u have any kids???

  129. Brandi Schaub

    Olivia Farcas I would also like to add (to save yourself some time) that I could give two shits if you reply or not. You should take what I had said with some class and leave it. I will not respond to you as arguing with an online bully is not something I want my children to do. I lead by example and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Just because you are an adult does not mean you are entitled to treat other adults as if they were children. Maturity, sadly, is something a lot of older people (not yet adults because of lack of maturity) fail to ever obtain. You Ma'am are one of those people. Just because you are well versed does not mean you are better than anyone else posting on a forum. Have a blessed day. I hope tomorrow is "less angry" for you.

  130. Patty Snyder

    Mitchell, This is much more than a parenting mistake. How do you forget you have a child in the car with you? Your whole life as a parent is about making sure you do the absolute best for your kids. You are not allowed to forget that your child is in the car, EVER! By the grace of God someone saw the child and saved his life.

  131. Patty Snyder

    Ski Nunofursb She's not perfect, just being a parent. She's absolutely right!

  132. Kim Wells

    ok picture this scenerio..You are just getting back from the grocery store..your 2 year old is in their carseat asleep. You have about 8 grocery bags..you just want to get the groceries in the house before the child wakes up. Because you know that being 2 they will be everywhere except where u want them to be. You hurry up and get the groceries inside, then remember that you have icecream and milk.. You get that put up, then u remember the veal for supper needs to get in the fridge before 25 bucks worth of meat spoils. You get that done.. then sit down in a chair to catch your breath.. and realize wow it is weirdly quiet..oh crap the baby! still sound asleep..sighhh… now how many people have had a similar scenerio..be honest..

  133. Diana Cornwell

    what could possibly be on your mind that is more important than your child. is turning in that report to your boss on time really worth loosing a child over. how can ANYTHING be more important or a distraction from your precious cargo…PURE IGNORANCE.

  134. Mike Ryder

    Ok, it was an accident, and like most accidents we should be held accountable for our actions. If the child had died, (thank God he didn't) is just a slap on the wrist punishment enough? Children are blessed gifts, precious lives that we have been entrusted with to provide and care for. Yes, he should be arrested because IT'S AGAINST THE LAW.

  135. Anonymous

    Yes, arrested and will be a lesson learned! If they have to arrest every parent that does this by mistake it will make these parents more aware! This could've ended in with a death of an infant, and believe you me this parent would rather be arrest and his child live than the child dieing. (still would be arrested of course but you know what I'm saying!! I know parents have alot going on with work, stress family life ect ect but this is the same as attempted manslaughter, accidental but still we must pay for out ignorance when it comes to another human being. I feel for the guy but trust me, the more arrested and made a specticle of the less this will be an issue. This will be limited to a drug out mother or father conpared to forgetfulness!! Just sayin!!!

  136. Roz Weinstock Birnbaum

    He forgot his kid was in the car? What could he possibly have on his mind that he would forget to drop his kid off and forget that he was in the car….he should be arrested.

  137. Carrie Sue Faccone

    not only did he forget the kid was in the car, but he forgot he was suppose to go to day care? Who forgets that? This parenting mistake could have been a disaster. I am not sure he should go to jail, maybe parenting class?

  138. Kimberley Breakfield

    I think that anyone who leaves a living thing in a car, rolls up the windows and walks away should be arrested. I'm not sure that jail time is what's needed, but the arrest might be enough of a wake up call to make at least that person check the back seat twice before walking away.

  139. Janett D. Hughes-Rougeau

    Lee Crandall OMG the poor child not onlyleft in a hot car but left in a car for anyone to take and if he is that absent minded about his child then he needs a wake cup call poor little guy. We make mistakes but thats serious and not one that should be forgiveable
    with a slap on the wrist. I don't forget my daughter ever!

  140. Janett D. Hughes-Rougeau

    some sort of wake up for this person to make that baby his first responsibility. No one is perfect but that is major selfish. that baby is first over everything. That job is first

  141. Tasha Orsini

    you know Ski Nunofursb only someone that is ignorant like you would say something like that. I am not perfect and no one is perfect, but because I care about my kid's I am told well good for you miss perfect, hmmmmmmmmmmm seems like you should go back to your mom and learn some respect because at least I know how and care to take care of my children, sounds like you are guilty of not being a good parent. Thank you everyone else for the respect. :)

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  143. Nancy King

    Yes he should, and every parent that you see on the news screaming I just went in the store to pay for gas & I came back out & somebody stole my vehicle. Get the kids out of the car or hire a baby sitter, or don't have them for you don't want to take care of them.

  144. Nancy King

    Yes he should, and every parent that you see on the news screaming I just went in the store to pay for gas & I came back out & somebody stole my vehicle. Get the kids out of the car or hire a baby sitter, or don't have them for you don't want to take care of them.

  145. Bobbie Stewart Brown

    i don't see how they can say it was a mistake!!! how do you not know that its hotter than hell outside and even hotter inside of a car, people kill me , i seen where parents would say i didn't know the child was in the car with me, or i forgot i had the child with me, i never the whole time Josh wwas little that i didn't know he was with me. sorry excuses these pot heads or drug heads or these damn people who just don't give a shit about their children, i mean shouldn't you know if you have your child with you or not, dumb ass'.

  146. Jeanie Mashtare Windover

    what I would like to know is how do u forget that your child is in the car? duhhh, and yes I have 6 children all grown up now and I never forgot or left any of my children in a car or any where else for that matter.as far as do I think he should go to jail, no I don't but if he was caught again doing the same thing again then yes he should be arrested.this might have been his first time taking his child to day care so it could of been just an accident.

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  148. Brandi White

    lmao you have got to be the most idiotic person I have ever met and I am trying to mean that in a good way..u really think anyone gives a good gosh darn what the heck you think not really….it is funny though so please keep enteraining us!!!!

  149. Brooke White

    How can you forget your own child when getting out of a car you should be able to see your child in the back seat. Yes he should be arrested.

  150. Noreen Burkett

    While, in this case, it may have been an accident, this man's FIRST PRIORITY should have been his child!

  151. Lisa Laraway

    Leigh Helm I don't see my children in the rear view mirror. My mirror is adjusted to look at the road. You should make yourself a safer driver for the rest of us and adjust yours accordingly.

  152. Danielle Lamberson

    Sorry but I say yes to this! Why, because how does someone forget their child in a vehicle. I mean usually the parent is the one who put the child in the car, correct, so how does one forget that he/she put their child or children in the vehicle. This should be a lesson to all parents to take the time and double check your vehicle before just closing the door and locking it up. Thank god someone seen the child and called for help and the child did not pass away. When you go to work and do your work do you not double check to make sure it is done correctly? Do it with your children as well! I understand being a parent your mind is probably in 20 different places at once but if you've done something out of your routine for even 1 day then you should be goin over your schedule that day from the time you get in the vehicle. I am not saying the father did it intentionally and I am sure that he is very grateful to the person who found his child in time but folks open your eyes and take things slow!

  153. Emily Moyer

    It happens more often than people think and it's always the same story, the person who forgot the kid in the car is usually going to work and forgets to stop at the daycare it's crazy !

  154. Ashley Sanford

    Olivia I see your still being a horses ass. You don't like the responses your getting, then stop acting like your the grammar police and your comments are superior to everyone else's opinions. Again these posts are about a father who left his child in the car, all your doing is downing people for having an argument different from your own. No one said you were wrong, but agreeing and making excuses for bad parenting…well that is another story.

  155. Debbie Hansen Brown Hudd

    It's not like the guy was in a bar or ran into a store. He wasn't drinking and my God, he made a terrible mistake. He will never forget it… some awareness classes, let him go around the country on behalf of this problem… but jail? Take his kid away? Break up his home, kill him? Some truly horrible remarks have been posted on this story…

  156. Zoe Proffitt-Officer

    I have kids yes. But I have never forgot about them. Taking them to school/daycare and picking them up is part of my routine! It's not like you left your purse or your phone (for heaven's sake) in the car — it's your child!

  157. Jessie Radford

    dear god yes, >.< I'm sorry but how do you forget your 2 hear old son is still in the car? I mean really? it might be over board but if I were his wife I would be asking for a divorce. if he is that forgetful how could you trust him again around your child? now that child has to grow up knowing daddy almost killed him because he forgot he was there.

  158. Jessie Radford

    and for the record yes I have a son, he is 2 next month. he visits his father every other weekend there is never a single time I have forgotten him or forgotten he was there. I have forgotten he wasnt there before a spent 5 minutes talking to myself before I remember. but then again I am a mother.

  159. Jessie Radford

    and not to take the posts to that kinda of argument but if you notice, the people who agree with the punishment? moms, the ones against it that says it happens? dads e.e

  160. Diane Molle

    It also says that most likely he did not check the child via his mirror all the time he was driving to work. Whenever I have a child in the car I look in the mirror, I talk to them and ask if they are okay…they could choke back there and we would not know …this is a Dad who is just not careful enough !!! Arrest him and maybe he will get the picture……

  161. Nicole Wares

    how could you forget your kid in the car I never have even when they fall asleep don't put them behind the driver seat put them in the middle or behnind the passinger seat that's what I do.

  162. Anonymous

    it was probably just as stupid as locking your keys in the car, most newer cars won't lock with the keys in the ignition. that is an inconvenience.they have an annoying alarm for front seat belts, seems to me it would be just as easy to have a warning, when something is on the back seat when you shut off the car forcing you to look in the back seat.

  163. Olivia Farcas

    ROSE, I DON'T BELIEVE THIS ARTICLE WAS ABOUT YOU. THE QUESTION POSED PERTAINED TO WHETHER OR NOT THIS MAN SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR WHAT IS OBVIOUSLY A MISTAKE, ALBEIT A STUPID ONE.

  164. Olivia Farcas

    Brandi White YOUR OPINIONS, MUCH LIKE YOUR MENTALITY, LEAVE MUCH TO BE DESIRED. YOU ARE A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE IDIOTS THAT EXIST IN TODAYS SOCIETY; FULL OF HOT AIR, WITH NOT A SINGLE INTELLIGENT THING TO SAY.

  165. Olivia Cutting

    If he is not the primary parent responsible for dropoff/pickupp it can happen…easily. Ppl have a set pattern and if the baby is sleeping or quiet it is easy to forget or not realise. Luckily for him it was not tragic. I once took my niece to drum practice and drove off with my son and left her…I totally forgot that my sister asked me to take her along as it was not my habit. When she called to ask where I was ( cuz my niece called and said she did not see me) I could not believe what I did….and my son was in the car and he did not remember her either!!!

  166. Pamela Klein

    It would not be my child. It would not be my dog. I have done plenty of dumb things before, but they did not endanger anyone else but me. I have lost someone to a "mistake." But it was not really that at all!

  167. Aimee Canela

    WOW, wtf is this world coming to? People are so enslaved with their jobs that they FORGET their child? How do you get to that point? That's just sad…my son is the MOST important thing in this world for me. I pray that God save these innocent children from such dumbass parents! SMH

  168. Shaun Harper

    Gee I forgot to stop at the red light while driving home from the bar where I forgot to pay my tab because I was so drunk I couldn't find my wallet…honest mistake…please don't arrest me.

  169. Sam Moon Rafferty

    A few years back I was on a long drive with a friend who's baby fell asleep in the back. We parked the car in the garage, went into the house, and after about 5 minutes realized we left the baby in the car. We both screamed and gave that (sleeping) baby lots of kisses. It happens. They are quiet and out of view. When my kids were small, cars didn't have airbags, and a baby's carseat was strapped in next to you ( in the passenger seat). Obviously, back then you COULDN'T forget your baby, but to all you "perfect" moms who think you can't make a mistake, believe me..at some point in time you will. If you're lucky, people won't judge you as quickly and harshly as you do them.
    Compassion people. Try it sometime.

  170. Steve Titus

    I'm willing to bet that this father who forgot his child thought like most of you. HANG THE BASTARDS! Until it happened to him. When they started making us put child safety seats in the back seat is when all of this started happening. Need to find a way to put them back up front so no one will forget. It happened to me once. Only it wasn't a hot day and it was only 5 minutes. I can see how it happens but if we are going to lock up people for dumb mistakes, then we need to start building a whole lot of prisons cause we're going to fill em up quick!

  171. Terri Meredith

    Hmmm…I didn't know the world was so full of such perfection in parenting. I'm guessing these same judgmental people are the ones who just never believe their child is at fault for anything simply because they've been provided such an excellent and perfect parental environment. I can't help but wonder why teen suicide is on the rise and the juvenile court system is overflowing….must be all those "bad" parents neglecting their kids and setting bad examples. Please you perfect ones…go forth and multiply! We need more perfection to counter all the bad, bad, elements out there unleashing their unforgivable human mistakes on society!

  172. Arlene Michienzi

    Come On CHILDREN – be nice. . . . Stop you're bullying . . . . Grow up!!
    I think if parents were allowed to transport young children in car seats – IN THE FRONT SEAT – there would be a lot less chance of forgetting someone. Who's dumb idea was that anyway?? Some Politician probably.

  173. Cheryl Vernon

    If you have a child you need to know where they are 24 – 7! Kids are not a toy or something you can play with for a while then leave them alone for? hours. Yes, this parent and other parents needs to know that this will not be tolerated. How many Children do we have to lose?

  174. Margaret Peggy Warfle

    Tasha Orsini I would like to meet you I have never met a PERFECT person before!!!! Thankfully the child survived this father with always punish himself for this accident. We are living in a very fast paced world and people are expected to multitask at work and at home and unfortunately an accident like this happens to good people. I have forgotten more than I care to admit out loud about and yes I almost accidently forgot one of my most precious cargo my 2 year old granddaughter who has cerebal palsy on a long trip with my sister, we stopped for a bathroom break and I got out and started to go in she don't forget about the baby. I'm like oh my god I almost forgot she was in the car because she was so quiet! T^hat is how it can happen and NO ONE is immune from a risk like this.

  175. Margaret Peggy Warfle

    Leigh Helm I drive an suv and I have to strain to see my 2 yr old graddaughter in the back of my vehicle. so no they are not always visible in the rear view mirror. And when I glance in the mirror I am looking at the road behind me quickly. Staining and twisting to see her in the seat is not something you can do on a busy road.

  176. Margaret Peggy Warfle

    aparently you don;t watch the news much because I've seen a lot of children left at say chucky cheese. I was accidently left at a relitives house in the mid 60's. Parents are overwelmingly busier in todays world and unless you walk in their shoes you wilol never know to the extent they multitask. Lets punish the real criminals purposely abuse and neglect children and change the laws that don't punish these real criminals and not the ones who honestly made a horrendeous mistake.

  177. Margaret Peggy Warfle

    aparently you don;t watch the news much because I've seen a lot of children left at say chucky cheese. I was accidently left at a relitives house in the mid 60's. Parents are overwelmingly busier in todays world and unless you walk in their shoes you wilol never know to the extent they multitask. Lets punish the real criminals purposely abuse and neglect children and change the laws that don't punish these real criminals and not the ones who honestly made a horrendeous mistake.

  178. Margaret Peggy Warfle

    I hope all of you hang um high people never find your self in a similur situation whether it be a child or a pet or anything. All I can say is walk in their shoes before you start throwing them under the bus, to the wolves, or in jail.

  179. Margaret Peggy Warfle

    I hope all of you hang um high people never find your self in a similur situation whether it be a child or a pet or anything. All I can say is walk in their shoes before you start throwing them under the bus, to the wolves, or in jail.

  180. Teri Sadler Hansford

    @ Olivia Farcas.
    Who needs to visit their local library?

    "FIRST OF ALL BRANDI, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU VISIT THE LOCAL LIBRARY AND SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH BOTH THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY AS WELL AS SOME BOOKS ON THE PROPER USAGE OF THE ENGLISH GRAMMAR. (FAIL – The word, 'both' and the phrase 'as well as' used in the same sentence.)
    IN REGARDS (FAIL – should be regard, not plural) TO YOUR RANT, YOU WENT OFF ON A TANGENT THAT WAS VERY FAR REMOVED FROM THE ISSUE AT HAND. KINDLY COLLECT YOUR THOUGHTS AND STICK TO THE TOPIC ON HAND, (FAIL – Topic 'at' hand.) BEFORE POSTING ANY COMMENTS IN THE FUTURE. (Entire post: FAIL – using all upper case = screaming.)

    In my honest opinion she wasn't far from the point of the discussion. I agree with Brandi in the aspect of the possibility that if one parent goes unpunished, other parents that would rather see their child(ren) dead could leave them in a sweltering vehicle, claim it was an accident and get away with murder.

    Keep in mind, this section is available so people can leave a comment, hopefully without discretion from others that may not agree with their point of view. And we all make errors in our posts at one time or another. Get over it.

    Post away, Brandi!

  181. Teri Sadler Hansford

    @ Olivia Farcas.
    Who needs to visit their local library?

    "FIRST OF ALL BRANDI, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU VISIT THE LOCAL LIBRARY AND SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH BOTH THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY AS WELL AS SOME BOOKS ON THE PROPER USAGE OF THE ENGLISH GRAMMAR. (FAIL – The word, 'both' and the phrase 'as well as' used in the same sentence.)
    IN REGARDS (FAIL – should be regard, not plural) TO YOUR RANT, YOU WENT OFF ON A TANGENT THAT WAS VERY FAR REMOVED FROM THE ISSUE AT HAND. KINDLY COLLECT YOUR THOUGHTS AND STICK TO THE TOPIC ON HAND, (FAIL – Topic 'at' hand.) BEFORE POSTING ANY COMMENTS IN THE FUTURE. (Entire post: FAIL – using all upper case = screaming.)

    In my honest opinion she wasn't far from the point of the discussion. I agree with Brandi in the aspect of the possibility that if one parent goes unpunished, other parents that would rather see their child(ren) dead could leave them in a sweltering vehicle, claim it was an accident and get away with murder.

    Keep in mind, this section is available so people can leave a comment, hopefully without discretion from others that may not agree with their point of view. And we all make errors in our posts at one time or another. Get over it.

    Post away, Brandi!

  182. Christa Michelle Hawkins

    Not to mention the fact that she missed an obvious placement of a comma. Pretty funny for someone preaching and waving her ruler around.

  183. Christa Michelle Hawkins

    Not to mention the fact that she missed an obvious placement of a comma. Pretty funny for someone preaching and waving her ruler around.

  184. Olivia Farcas

    TERI, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU VISIT A LIBRARY AS WELL. NOTHING FROM WHAT YOU SO KINDLY POINTED OUT WAS INCORRECT. ALSO, YOU ARE WRONG IN ASSUMING THAT MY USE OF UPPER CASE LETTERS WAS IN ANY WAY INTENDED AS "SCREAMING". IT IS A MYTH PERPETRATED BY INTERNET USERS THAT HAVE VERY LITTLE TO NO EDUCATION. I WILL HAPPILY GIVE YOU MANY EXAMPLES OF ITS USE IN BOTH LITERATURE AND CORRESPONDENCE. THEREFORE, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ANY ATTEMPTS TO CORRECT MY POSTS OR THOSE OF ANYONE ELSE.

  185. Mary Keesling

    Before you are so quick to judge just remember the horror a parent goes thru when they realize their mistake has taken the life of their child. We see it all the time. It happens to doctors, dentists, moms, dads, professionals, everyday people who in just one change of routine, just simply forget. The baby is quiet, cant be seen in the mirror, a parent is worried about being late, all it takes is a moment in much the same way a parent turns away from the bathtub and a baby drowns, you turned to take the phone call. DON"T ever think it can't be you. I hope it never is. If you have ever lost a child and it was your fault believe me the jail time would not matter to you.