Originally Posted by GuildJenn
I think this is a really interesting article on it:http://ggweather.com/heat/ap_sentencing.htm
I don't have much consideration for people who deliberately left their kids. But for people who forgot, I still think it's just too easy for people to say "oh they must be negligent & are totally unlike me."
I maintain that everyone makes mistakes every year that could be fatal, just most of them are not.
I have been thinking about this both generally and because my son is newly in daycare and I think that is the only time that this would be even a remote possibility (that the morning routine was altered). Our daycare calls both parents if the child doesn't show up and they haven't had a call, which is a pretty simple thing to do (and less disruptive than every parent calling them to check up on their child all at 8:30 or whatever). So that practice alone could do it, if all the daycares made it standard.
I read that article a few weeks ago, and I absolutely do think that there are cases in which a parent can genuinely forget that his/her child is in the car, especially if there is some switching in the routine as to which parent is taking the child and such.
I do find it interesting that more deaths have occurred since the practice of turning the car seats around has become common. I also find it interesting that fathers and DCP's get different sentencing than mothers. DCP's are apparently jailed more often, but get lighter sentences, as do fathers.
And, FWIW, not everyone who accidentally causes the death of another person is charged with a crime. The circumstances of each case have to be weighed. I am supposing that a woman who "forgets" her child outside a tanning salon is more likely to be charged than a woman or man whose child is left in the car outside her/his office. I also would think that it would be more difficult to forget more than one child, especially if one of the children is old enough to talk.
I don't think that every time a child dies someone should automatically be held accountable.