Originally Posted by Dechen
A parent CAN make a reasonable decision to leave a child in the car.
And, like with every other decision a parent makes, there are risks involved. The risks of leaving a child alone in a car, for whatever amount of time, include overheating, abduction, kidnapping during a car theft, child choking on a toy/whatever, car fires (I remember at least one news story where the car started on fire at a gas station, trapping a child inside), getting stuck in a seat belt, car getting struck by another car, child accidently "driving" the car if the keys are left, etc. Yes, the chances of any of those happening are very very small. Unless it happens to your child.
Just like the chances of smothering your baby while co-sleeping are small.
There's a chance your child could die of a disease you chose not to vaccinate him/her from.
The chances of a baby dying during childbirth are small, but when it happens to you it's devistating.
These *rare* occaisions have to happen to someone, I'll do everything in my power to keep them from happening to me.
The original poster took a risk, and is lucky nothing worse happened.