Now that I've read the article, my pressure has gone down a little. I thought this was going to be some crazy story about someone going in for the hot wings and forgetting the child in the car. Instead, it is yet another working parent who "forgets" to drop the child off and goes to work BAU.
A 17-month-old boy left unattended inside a hot, stuffy car for at least seven hours was found dead Tuesday afternoon.
The mother is employed as a waitress at a Hooters restaurant near Bell Road and Interstate 17, Phoenix police said.
She arrived at the restaurant at 10 am and worked until nearly 5 p.m. police said.
The baby was in a car seat in the backseat of a Honda Civic. The car has dark tinted windows.
Officials think that that made the boy invisible to people going in and out of the restaurant and a carwash next door. The car was parked in the front of the lot on Bell Road and about 20 feet from the Hooters patio seating area.
The mother walked to her parked car, unlocked the driver's door, sat in the vehicle and immediately realized that she had forgotten that her 17 month old child was in the back seat of her car, police said.
The mother immediately summoned help, but efforts by witnesses, police officers and fire fighters were unsuccessful and the child was pronounced dead, Phoenix police said.
"Temperatures hit nearly 90 degrees Tuesday, but the temperature inside the car reached more than 100 degrees," said Sgt. Joel Tranter, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Preliminary information released by Phoenix police says the mother was to drop the child off at child care on her way to work Tuesday morning, but for unknown reasons failed to do so.
Just yesterday, I had to get serious and clear with my team when the manager proposed a new project and knowing good and well I am the only unmarried/childless person on the team goes "who doesn't have children?" I tried not to go ballistic but Linda Blair was calling my name.
Now, I've been very cooperative with my schedule and trading pager duties with people who use their children as reason why they need to work from home or why they cannot go to a company event. I like to work from home and don't want to go to every event so I just say that. I don't have children as an excuse to do what I want to do or don't want to do. It's not like I'm some young bar hopping person who has no life. I keep forgetting that I am a middle aged chick who just happens to look young and who has a youthful spirit. I know enough single parents to ask why married people (women in particular but know men, who know they don't do jack, want to play into that too) don't appear to have any backup when it comes to childcare.
All I know is that I've dealt with sexism, classism and a menage of isms in the workplace. I am not about to deal with wombism - particularly when the other women on my team aren't even American and two out of three of them had arranged marriages. The other woman is French and, as far as I am concerned, needs to stop treating her teenaged+ daughers like they are toddlers (they don't have chores and do nothing at home). I don't respect their opinions because, as usual, they keep bringing up my status yet they are the ones with all the excuses. This is America. We can choose our lives/lifestyles.
So, seriously, I can see how you could be on auto-pilot, miss a step and leave the baby in a car. Parents need help. BUT, at the same time, that doesn't mean that my work life should be impacted by the people who chose to have children. Single or married, I think I'd die on the spot if I'd lost a child in that manner. But, I think it could happen to any busy person who was doing waaay too much.
People, I love children and can barely leave the house without some random child giving me some spitty, toothless grin. BUT, this is the new world and everyone can decide and plan. I think children need two parents (both crazy or not to start) and I have not/probably will not get married. Have enough cooperation with one another so that no one is so stressed out that they forget the baby in the car. Don't think that every person who is childless, hates kids and doesn't understand. But don't use your babies for excuses or advantage. Everyone woman who has a child isn't a mother and every woman who doesn't have a child isn't necessarily an anti-mom. Children know who the mommies and daddies are. If you don't know, they will tell you. We cannot have people so busy that they forget about their babies. That means that men, women and families need to help each other.
I cannot read another story like this - not only because a baby died but because people need to get their network together before they start breeding. No baby should die like this.
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