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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
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Bozo75
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:27 PM
While I disagree with your comment about being dumb, I totally agree about wrapping something on your arm to the car seat. What an awesome idea to bring an end to such tragic accidents. You really should try to put that out there somehow.

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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Mrs.Winchester
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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I'm sorry I just don't buy it.

You drop your other two kids off but you forget to drop off the infant?  How could you not remember making a whole stop?  And then you go to work come back to your truck and you don't see the car seat sitting there with a dead baby in it?  It wasn't until he got home that he noticed.  I find this all hard to believe!


OxbAbIebxO
by Gold Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM
I agree it would be a good idea but would probably never work. I only say this because so many have that "it won't happen to me" attitude and wouldn't actually do it.


Quoting Bozo75:

While I disagree with your comment about being dumb, I totally agree about wrapping something on your arm to the car seat. What an awesome idea to bring an end to such tragic accidents. You really should try to put that out there somehow.



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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tmmom2
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM

So sad for that poor family, that is heartbreaking.

jrp0606
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM
There have been two deaths this year so far due to this.

Last year there were 33

On average nearly 40 kids loose there lives like this a year.

For something that can NEVER happen it sure seems to happen to a lot of otherwise good parents.

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seraphimsong
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM
I just can't understand how you can forget you have a child in the backseat

Poor baby :(
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sweetykitty
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM
Stupid people how do you forget
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jrp0606
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM
When my husband is home he puts his lunch box in ds Carseat. He never takes the kids to school or daycare and often works long hours. We know he is a risk for something like this happening to. So his lunch box always goes in the car seat that way when he gets to work he automatically looks at the Carseat

Quoting OxbAbIebxO:

I agree it would be a good idea but would probably never work. I only say this because so many have that "it won't happen to me" attitude and wouldn't actually do it.




Quoting Bozo75:

While I disagree with your comment about being dumb, I totally agree about wrapping something on your arm to the car seat. What an awesome idea to bring an end to such tragic accidents. You really should try to put that out there somehow.





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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casanderson1
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

How can you forget about your child?! I don't buy it....theres something missing from the story, there always is. I am sorry but I could never ever ever forget my child in the car! I feel so sad for the mom....and poor baby :(

seraphimsong
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM
Same here. Seems like people just keep using the same excuse because it works every time.

How could he be sitting in a meeting for 7 hours & not have the cross his mind?

Also, I work at a daycare & when kids are not there an hour after they are scheduled to be, we call to see if they are coming.

If his baby's child care did that wouldn't that make someone realize the baby wasn't dropped off?


Quoting Mrs.Winchester:

I'm sorry I just don't buy it.

You drop your other two kids off but you forget to drop off the infant?  How could you not remember making a whole stop?  And then you go to work come back to your truck and you don't see the car seat sitting there with a dead baby in it?  It wasn't until he got home that he noticed.  I find this all hard to believe!


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