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    MO - Sophia Knutsen, 7 mos, dies in hot car, St Louis, 23 Aug 2007

    I hate reading stories like this. Heartbreaking.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...3?OpenDocument

    St. Louis police are investigating the death of a 7-month-old baby apparently left in the heat of a parked car at Washington University medical school today.

    The baby girl's mother is a pediatrician, and her father is a medical researcher.

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    So very sad....

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    Heartbreaking - especially the fact that one of her parents is a pediatrician. My prayers and sympathies to this family.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    This is sad!! It seems tragedies like this are not from abusive parent. I can't imagine what they are feeling. If there was a change in their routine schedule I can kind of understand the confusion, but still, how do you not know your baby is with you? If that was the vehicle in the picture, it's very hard not to notice. It's possible for a sleeping baby to be overlooked in a SUV, and down here dark tinted windows do make it easy to overlook things in the car.

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    We have buzzards that go off when seat belts are not fastened. Why can't we have an alarm that goes off when car is shut off and seat belt is still attached and a child is in the seatbeat?

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    The very same thing happened in my area. The parents honestly got confused, the mom wasn't used to taking the baby to work and the baby was put in her car seat while she was asleep. It's a tragedy all the way around. The mother that lived here has tried to commit suicide several times.

    God bless those involved in the tragedy in St. Louis.

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    What a sad and horrible story!

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    there are no words.
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    This is one of the most tragic stories I have ever heard of! This Mother had dedicated her life to TAKING CARE of children, and her own child has to die this horrible, horrible death. I guess I can sort of see how this happened:

    "Authorities say the man and woman work at the medical school campus at different times. She contacted her husband and asked him to meet her and park her car; he did so, but thought she had already dropped their child off at the on-campus daycare facility. She had not and thought he would take the child to daycare."
    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...3?OpenDocument

    I don't know how you would ever be able to just get on with your life after something like this.

    ETA: I won't be surprised if they even end up getting divorced. Many parents of children who die from violence, or illness, end up divorced. So sad.

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    These stories make me angry, and I find it hard to not be really, really upset with the parents. I remember once hearing described the absolute horror these babies go through before dying. It was unbearable to imagine. I realize the parents will be in pain the rest of their lives (which is horrible), but I still feel so angry when I read these stories.

    I can't comprehend a parent being so busy or distracted that they don't notice their baby is in the back seat of the car. Or being so continually distracted that, when they do leave it in the hot car, they don't think about the baby within a few minutes and realize where he/she is. This is just too difficult to understand.


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    Its a sad fact that peoples lives are too hectic nowadays...we are wanting more and more all the time and sometimes forgetting the important things.

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    What a horrible horrible mistake... I would not want to be in the parents shoes. I would probably try and commit suicide myself because I don't know how I would be able to wake up every morning knowing what I did. I'm glad to see though that all of you are realizing that it was a mistake. I noticed over on the ''police dog died in hot car'' thread that people want the Police officer fired and torched alive for leaving a dog in a car...Sorry but dogs will NEVER compare to children.

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    I think it is a horrible tragedy, but it was an accident.

    I know when my kids were little, if they were asleep in the car, a couple of times I forgot to turn to go to their babysitters house. I would remember them when I was about half way to work and have to turn around. Thankfully though, I never did forget them in the car.

    I would hate to be the parents, I can't imagine how hard it would be to go on after such a tragic mistake. My marriage wouldn't survive it, I'm sure.

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    MO - Sophia Knutsen, 7 mos, dies in hot car, St Louis, 23 Aug 2007

    Two small children left in hot cars

    ST. LOUIS Police say a woman whose seven-month-old daughter was found dead in the family's car is a doctor at St. Louis Children's Hospital. The father is a research analyst at the nearby medical school.

    The baby was found inside the car, where the outside temperature was in the upper 90s. Police say it was a horrible mix-up where each parent thought the other had taken the baby to daycare. A passerby called authorities and smashed the window in an unsuccessful effort to rescue the infant.


    ~more at link~

    http://www.tampabays10.com/news/nati...?storyid=61848

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    Quote Originally Posted by philamena View Post
    The very same thing happened in my area. The parents honestly got confused, the mom wasn't used to taking the baby to work and the baby was put in her car seat while she was asleep. It's a tragedy all the way around. The mother that lived here has tried to commit suicide several times.
    God bless those involved in the tragedy in St. Louis.
    wouldn't be any "trying" for me....i'd do it...i know i couldn't live w/myself; just that simple.....

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