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omg its already happening :( sad....forgotten baby

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SUGAR LAND, TX (KTRK) -- It's a tragic accident every parent can learn from. Sugar Land police are investigating the death of a 7-month-old baby who was left in a truck all day Thursday by the father.

The truck in which that baby died has been moved inside the Sugar Land Police Department garage as the investigation continues. But it appears to be another hot weather tragedy, in which heat combined with the distractions of life can have terrible consequences.

It is a home that will never again be the same; where such a loss has happened that neighbors will not speak of it publicly out of respect for the family that lost a 7-month-old baby boy. His body was found in the backseat of his father's truck, accidentally left behind in a chain of events that started Thursday morning.

"The father dropped off two children at school and went to a conference in northwest Houston and had basically forgotten that he had a 7-month-old in the back seat," said Sugar Land Police Captain Stuart Denton.

The father arrived at this Houston hotel for the conference just after 8am Thursday. According to police, he drove home in his truck nearly seven hours later and walked into the house. Around 5pm came the phone call.

"He was conversing with his mother about where the children were and that's when he realized," said Capt. Denton.

The child was already gone; there was no reviving him. Police describe the parents as devastated.

But consider that last year, Texas led the nation in the number of children who died inside hot cars. This, too, was the case of a parent whose routine didn't include taking a child to day care.

No one knows better how that can happen than Donna Hicks, whose grandson Christian died a few years ago inside her car. She also went to work, forgetting he was in the backseat until it was too late.

"I remember watching TV when someone else had done that and saying how could a parent forget their own child in a car?" Hicks said. "You never know until it really happens to you or someone you know."

Children's Protective Services says it will be speaking with the family of the Sugar Land case to assess their situation, the safety of the other two children and perhaps provide counseling.

Tonight on Eyewitness News at 10pm, we ask that question of a woman whose grandson died in her car while she was at work. We also offer advice on how to avoid this tragedy.

The government says an average of 38 children die every year from being left alone in a car. In half of the cases, the child was simply forgotten.

Here are some safety tips for parents from KidsandCars.org:

Put something you'll need, like your cell phone,
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM
Replies (11-20):
karla85
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM
I cant believe this keeps happening :(
I mean, what was the mother supposed to do? Not trust her husband can take care of their kids?
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emeraldangel20
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM

poor baby

evanne337
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM
I just cannot see how you forget
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nursetiffany.
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM
This. Horrible.


Quoting A.J.s_mommy:

This is the 2nd post I've read today about a baby dying in the car.

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A.J.s_mommy
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM
I know. It's heartbreaking.

Quoting nursetiffany.:

This. Horrible.




Quoting A.J.s_mommy:

This is the 2nd post I've read today about a baby dying in the car.

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nursetiffany.
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM
Ridiculous.


Quoting Kchellejones330:

Wrap your wrist to a string and the carseat.. that won't let you get out until you unattatch the string.. then you'll know why the hell the string is wrapped around your arm... if you're that dumb and forgetful that you birthed children.

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kaysha
by Gold Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:17 PM

how sad

Mrs.Brugger
by Tiara on May. 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

so sad

GaleJ
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:26 PM

My thoughts go out to this family and all who knew and loved this baby, may his memory be a blessing to them and to the universe. This is just another bit of evidence that all of us have just too much on our minds, I hope the family can heal and come to a place of peace and contentment

robbinsroost
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:26 PM

There were two deaths yesterday. One in Lee's Summit, MO and this one. So sad and I hate knowing there will be more. I could understand a couple a year as true forgetfulness, but 40 is way to many kids dying each year because they were left in a car.

http://www.safekids.org/our-work/blog/heartbreaking-news-of-first.html

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