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    FL - Gannon Werking, 5 mos, dies in hot car, Vero Beach, 23 July 2009

    VERO BEACH — The attorney for the woman charged Thursday with the death of her infant child is asking the public for compassion.
    “The Werking family greatly appreciates all those who have offered their prayers and support,” Vero Beach attorney Andrew Metcalf said. “I would ask those in our community who continue to condemn and pass judgment to take a step back and allow this family the time to mourn the loss of their child with the dignity and respect we all deserve.”
    Vero Beach police spent a week
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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-6042618-7.html

    With that in mind, the Baby Alert's Child Minder--one of many child-reminder technologies for cars--works by installing the "active buckle" to existing car seat straps and placing the receiver on a key ring. Should you leave the vehicle with the child still in the car seat and walk 20 feet or more away, the receiver alerts you by playing nursery rhymes, according to the product site. The buckle is deactivated when it is unfastened.
    You can also order the Child Minder with an

    We talked about these devices back in 2006 and I had never heard of them but here they are.
    Why aren't they being massively advertised?

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    They've got my compassion. So very sad.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    I just do not understand forgeting your child in a car. I have three children. I have never ever forgot and left one of them in a car, house, store anything. they always rode in the back seat when they were in carseats and were never left in the car. I just do not understand it? I cannot understand how anyone can be busy enough to forget their child in a car.

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    I don't understand how anyone could forget their child in a car either, but I believe the act was unintentional. I cannot imagine the horror that Mother felt when she realized what she did, nor the guilt she will feel for the rest of her life, outside of whatever legal consequences she will face. Very sad for the whole family.

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    The family certainly has my empathy. It is unfortunate but cases like this happen all too often simply because people are creatures of habit and are not always completely aware of their actions or surroundings. The mind can convince someone they have already done something they intended to do. In my area there was a case a few years ago where a father forgot the baby carrier atop of the vehicle and headed off down the highway. By some miracle the carrier stayed put and other drivers got him to pull over. In my own family we like to remind an aunt every once and again about the time she went ballistic in a department store because she had "lost her son", when asked by sales people for information she gave a full description of him, only to have a dumbfounded sales clerk point over her shoulder to the carrier on her back. Your mind can play tricks on you particularly if you are stressed or distracted with other thoughts. That is why I think precautions like Beyond Belief described are so important, because even those parents with the best intentions might suffer this kind of loss.

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    I wonder if the daycare workers ever call if a child doesn't show up and mom or dad hasn't called to say why the child was not coming? Seems simple enough....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnTexas View Post
    I just do not understand forgeting your child in a car. I have three children. I have never ever forgot and left one of them in a car, house, store anything. they always rode in the back seat when they were in carseats and were never left in the car. I just do not understand it? I cannot understand how anyone can be busy enough to forget their child in a car.

    Hi jnTexas,

    It doesn't appear as if her routine was broken. Please, anyone , correct me if I am wrong. I read the news story.

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    I was "forgotten" once - when I was about 6 YO. I believe it was cruelty, and not forgetfulness, but that's another story.

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    I don't understand it either. How do you forget your child? I was a very busy mom, but I always knew my kids were inside the car with me! I talked to my children, sang to/with them, told them stories, and interacted with them as I was driving. What it tells me is that parents today don't do this anymore. Are they on their cell phones? Have their I-Pods in? Music too loud? They are missing wonderful opportunities daily to spend some quality time with their children and also to alleviate the possibility their child will die in a hot car.

    It is very sad these parents lost their child and I do feel sorry for them as I would not wish it on my worst enemy. However, they have to take the responsibility for their actions.

    I am floored by the variations of those being charged and of the punishment across the country. It changes so dramatically from one case to the next. One mother/father may get sympathy from the DA while the next may spend time in jail with the other children removed from the home. It is time they establish something across the board to equalize this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southcitymom View Post
    They've got my compassion. So very sad.
    Mine too. I can't begin to imagine the pain they are in.


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    Sad, RIP dear baby boy, how does one forget thier child?? I raised 3 girls, never ever forgot a one of them anywhere, they were always # 1 , may have forgotten other things, but never ever any one of my children
    My Beautiful Precious , I miss you so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amster View Post
    I wonder if the daycare workers ever call if a child doesn't show up and mom or dad hasn't called to say why the child was not coming? Seems simple enough....
    I'm fairly certain this happens - it has happened to me once or twice. In these cases, however, that doesn't happen. I suppose different places have different policies. If a child doesn't show up for daycare, I don't necessarily think it's the center's responsibility to track down no-shows. And, of course, in many cases, the child's not going to daycare.
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    I am so sorry for this family and this little boy

    I read the below article, Fatal Distraction, when it came out earlier this year and think it's a good read for all, though very sad

    "Death by hyperthermia" is the official designation. When it happens to young children, the facts are often the same: An otherwise loving and attentive parent one day gets busy, or distracted, or upset, or confused by a change in his or her daily routine, and just... forgets a child is in the car. It happens that way somewhere in the United States 15 to 25 times a year, parceled out through the spring, summer and early fall. The season is almost upon us.

    Two decades ago, this was relatively rare. But in the early 1990s, car-safety experts declared that passenger-side front airbags could kill children, and they recommended that child seats be moved to the back of the car; then, for even more safety for the very young, that the baby seats be pivoted to face the rear. If few foresaw the tragic consequence of the lessened visibility of the child . . . well, who can blame them? What kind of person forgets a baby?

    The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneLostGrl View Post
    Mine too. I can't begin to imagine the pain they are in.
    Me too. No one thinks that something like this will happen to them. It is, of course, a whole different thing than purposely leaving a child in a car, which is never a good decision.

    I ache for the parents and, while I never forgot about my child in a car, I have a "there but for the grace of God" feeling about many of these cases - I do "get" how it could happen and I hope to hell it never happens to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daisy7 View Post
    I am so sorry for this family and this little boy

    I read the below article, Fatal Distraction, when it came out earlier this year and think it's a good read for all, though very sad



    (snipped)

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...T2009030602446
    Thanks for this great article, which underscores my feeling that this can happen to anyone. My continued prayers for this family.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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