A Mississippi mother discovered her daughter dead in the backseat of her car after she forgot to drop her off earlier in the day, reports Pix 11. The mother showed up at Little Footprint Learning Center in Jackson, Mississippi, when she discovered her body.
The morning started like another for a local Mississippi woman. She got dressed with her 2-year-old daughter and headed out the door. The mother, for whatever reason, forgot to drop her toddler off at daycare and drove straight to work, leaving her child in her car all day.
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The mother thought she dropped the child off early in the morning and arrived to pick her up before going home for the night. Upon arrival to the child care center, the mother was informed she didn’t drop her 2-year-old daughter off earlier in the day. The mother immediately started crying; She knew something was wrong as she dashed to her car to check the backseat.
“The mother immediately became distraught and ran out to her car and realized that the 2-year-old was still in the car””
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The mother discovered her child in the backseat of her SUV in her car seat. The Sheriff pronounced the child dead at the scene. At this point, the police believe it is a tragic accident. The police were interviewing the parents at the local Mississippi police station.
The parents were distraught and couldn’t understand how this could happen to them. They talked about precautions they took to ensure their daughter was never left in the car unattended. The police have not released the name of the parents or the child, MS News Now reported.
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Every year, young children die in cars after being forgotten or left too long in a car. An average of 40 children dies each summer, with most of the incidents reported in June and July. It doesn’t take very long for a heatstroke to affect an infant or toddler and cause life-threatening injuries.
Kids And Cars reported that in as little as 15 minutes, the child can start to suffer life-altering brain or kidney damage. The experts warn parents never to leave their child in the car unattended; it only takes a few minutes for the child to suffer life-altering injuries.
2-year-old toddler in the US dies after being left in her mom’s car https://t.co/yfMu1zmYPW
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Kid And Cars explained that not only is a heatstroke a possibility when you leave your child alone, but there are many other risks to a child left unattended in a motor vehicle. The child can try to get out of the car seat, and the seatbelt can strangle them.
It’s just not worth the risk to leave your child in the car even for a moment. Take precautions this summer, and make sure you know you have your baby in the car to prevent a tragedy like this story. Kids And Cars explained a good habit to develop is “Look and Lock.”
How it works is you look in your backseat each time you get in or out of your car. If you do this diligently, your child would never be placed at risk for a heat stroke (left in a car).
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