ThermometerIt's every parent's worst nightmare to think about accidentally leaving a baby in a hot car. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, sex, social economic background ... your brain's ability to go blank when it comes to something even as important as your own child doesn't discriminate.

Maybe that's why stories like this one are so infuriating. It's one thing to have a memory lapse and forget that it was your turn to take the sleeping baby to the sitter's, but when people leave their very young children in the car on purpose, it's a different story. One dad has been accused of leaving his 1-year-old twin daughters in a hot car -- so he could have sex with a woman against the side of a building.

Last Friday, neighbors in a Prince George County, Virginia complex called police when they heard the cries of the two little girls from the car, and discovered the babies had been trapped with the windows up and no source of air.

When the cops got there, they walked around the duplex, and found 47-year-old Juan Munford having sex with a woman against the wall. They approached him and he identified himself as the father of the twins. No word on whether he showed any signs of remorse.

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The woman was charged with indecent exposure and was released at the scene, but Munford was charged with two counts of felony child endangerment as well as indecent exposure, and was held in jail over the weekend before an initial court hearing this week.

The babies were taken to a local hospital for a health check, and then placed in child protective services.

I can't even imagine what was going through this guy's head when he made the decision to leave his kids in the car with the windows rolled up while he had sex in public. At an apartment complex, no less! Did neither of them live there? They couldn't have taken the kids inside and gone to the bedroom to get their jollies like normal people?

One thing we can take away from this is the importance of keeping your eyes and ears open. What if the neighbors hadn't heard the children crying? Who knows how long they would've survived had the cops not intervened. The neighbors may have saved those little girls' lives.

What would you do if you found a baby locked in a hot car?

 

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