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Remember the Children
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner   

Last edited: Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2002

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Please, parents, know where your child is at all times!

Imagine a nice, sunny day. On the hot side; the temperature hovers around 95 degrees with 63 percent humidity. No breeze stirs the air. It's just plain hot, humid and miserable.

Now imagine a car, sitting in a parking lot. In the sun. The doors are locked, the windows rolled up.

Now imagine a child is inside that car...

A tragedy.

It happens every summer. It happened again yesterday.

A 9 month old boy died after being left inside a parked vehicle. The mother, a manager at an apartment complex in Fort Worth, apparently forgot that he was in there...

From July, 2000 though June, 2001, 78 children in the United States 14 and younger died as a result of being left unattended in or near vehicles that were not in traffic. 35 percent of the deaths occurred when a child was left in a hot vehicle.

So far this year, 10 children across the United States have died. And the summer's just getting started. Record warmth already covers much of the Nation, with little respite in sight.

A child's heat regulatory systems are not fully developed; even a few minutes being left unattended inside a hot car can prove to be fatal. Organs can begin shutting down when the body's core temperature reaches 107 degrees.

Inside a parked car, temperatures can rapidly exceed 100 degrees within five minutes. Within 15 minutes, temperatures can soar to 120 degrees or higher! Even locating the vehicle to a shady spot or opening the windows a crack does little to influence the internal temperature.

Last year, four children in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex died after being left unattended in parked vehicles on hot days.

A five month old boy was left inside a car by his mother while she went to her waitress job. (March 21, 2001.)

A two year old boy was left inside a vehicle while his parents took a nap. A NAP. (June 3, 2001.)

A three year old boy climbed into his parent's parked SUV; the doors locked and the child wasn't able to unlock the vehicle; he was inside only 20 minutes. (July 11, 2001.)

A two year old boy climbed into his parent's car while they attended services at a mosque. He was discovered missing 15 minutes later; by then, it was too late. He was rushed to the hospital, but died three days later. (July 27, 2001.)

Why did these children have to die? What were these parents thinking?

How can a mother or father forget their child is inside their car? How can they go to work or take a nap or just not know where their child is? This is hard for me to understand; it moves me to tears.

Any child's death is devastating, but if a parent just takes the time to know where their children are at all times, I believe these tragedies can be prevented.

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Reviewed by hazeleyed angel 12/13/2007
I agree with you, I don't understand how someone can forget they've got a child, or where the child is, my sister parked by a car at a convient store and noticed two small children in the car, she waited for five minutes, the children started crying, so she went inside the store and vocalized her concerns on the children, and a lady spoke up and said she had only been in the store a minute, (why did she lie?) my sister got really upset and told her that she had watched them in there for five minutes, the lady stormed out of the door, my sister was so upset, i told my sister to get her tag number and send to DMV but she said she was too upset, when will the laws get stiff on these ppl that "forget" their children? or those that leave thier children only for "a minute"? this is such a needless tragedy and so glad you wrote something about it.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 4/20/2005
Love is the key- Prevention is the cure. Thank U 4 sharing Karla-
It's sad :( to read this often in the papers and to know it's not fiction...Thank you for your response to these Unanswered tradedies.
Reviewed by Jacqueline Druga-Marchetti 3/4/2003
What a powerful piece. Well done. Even when we know about circumstances of our actions, a piece like this is a powerful reminder. Good job.
Reviewed by susie weiler (Reader) 12/4/2002
Life doesnt make sence when we open the paper and hear of such a senceless trajedy. Parents are suppose to be our protector from harm, our provider when we are small. It is beyond my comprehension that things like this happens.all we can do is pray for the children of this world,that God keeps them in the palm of his hands. Great article it touched my heart and made me think.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 11/13/2002
I too aplaud you for writting this, this is a completly preventable tradgedy, that should NEVER happen!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/16/2002
i applaud you, karla, for writing such a timely piece!! you said it far better than i ever could!! great job, sweetie!! i love you so much, my twink!! your twinkie, karen
Reviewed by Diana Black (Reader) 8/5/2002
So sad but true and you wrote it well.
Reviewed by kimberley jane wilson 7/16/2002
Thanks for writing this! This type of tragedy is totally preventable.
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