Recently, The State newspaper published an article written by our Safe Kids South Carolina Director, Heidi Vaughn. The topic: Child Deaths in Hot Cars Can Be Prevented. We soon began to get a lot of feedback, but this story really brought the issue home. Read what one local Columbia woman had to say about witnessing this risky behavior.
“This is a great article, I enjoyed reading it. Sadly but true this has become a growing epidemic. I actually witnessed this last year at Stein Mart, a young baby in a vehicle with the windows up during the heat of the day. I went in and asked the manager to make an announcement for the owner to report to the service desk and the owner was actually standing there beside me. She got really upset with me and told me to mind my own business and that the baby was not alone in the car. She had an older child sleeping in the back seat…..( crazy)…. she was clueless and continued shopping. Situations like this makes it difficult for an innocent by-stander to intervene. Anyway, it was a sad situation.”
Kudos to this woman for understanding and recognizing this situation as child abuse. For more information on this topic, go to our archives on Understanding and Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect.