i haven't read all the posts so sorry if I'm repeating something.
If I saw a child unattended in a car I would call the police. I don't care that a parent was just inside a store buying juice. I would call the police. furthermore I would jot down the license plate number and if I hate a camera take photos of the car and call Child Protective Services. I don't care if you are running into a store for thirty seconds, it is neglect and I think it is wrong under ALL circumstances. I have a friend who was abducted from her car when she was a kid while her mother ran into her house. Mom wasn't gone more than three minutes and the girl was gone for months, raped and tortured.
I have no doubt that the women who would do this love their children beyond measure, but I think this is a very poor parenting judgment call. There is a big difference between loving your children and making good parenting decisions, this does not seem like a good parenting decision to me.
My husband was a cop for a couple of years and when parents would do that where we were the children would be removed from the home for investigation of neglect and the parents would have to attend parenting classes for this.
Have you ever heard of children being hurt in foster homes? Do you think that the kids will be traumatized by being removed?
Why in the world would you even THINK this is appropriate??!!
How is it neglect to leave a child in a car that you can see for 30 seconds?
IMO CPS here would if you tried to report something like that. There are actually a lot of kids in bad, neglectful homes here.
I am sure that kids who really are neglected wish that the worst thing happening to them was being left in the car for a minute while someone gets them juice!