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|Coyne's attorney, Michelle Forbes, argued that Coyne did not break the law any more than a mother who parks in front of a school in a rainstorm and leaves an infant in the car as she runs a few feet to pick up another child.
"As long as the car is not out of her sight, then the child is not unattended," she said.
Coyne and her husband believe she is unfairly being lumped in with parents who put their children's lives at risk.
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|Coyne had taken her two older daughters to pour $8.29 in coins into a Salvation Army kettle.
On Dec. 8 Coyne decided to drive to Wal-Mart in the Chicago suburb of Crestwood so her children and a young friend could donate the coins they'd collected at her husband's office.
Even as she buckled 2-year-old Phoebe into the car, the girl was asleep. When Coyne arrived at the store, she found a spot to park in a loading zone, right behind someone tying a Christmas tree onto a car.
"It's sleeting out, it's not pleasant, I don't want to disturb her, wake her up," Coyne said this week. "It was safer to leave her in the safety and warmth of an alarmed car than take her."
So Coyne switched on the emergency flashers, locked the car, activated the alarm and walked the other children to the bell ringer.
|Coyne's attorney, Michelle Forbes, argued that Coyne did not break the law any more than a mother who parks in front of a school in a rainstorm and leaves an infant in the car as she runs a few feet to pick up another child.|
Everyone has a story. A story does not make something "likely".
I personally know a person whose daughter died because there was a short in the electrical system while she was using a blow dryer on her hair. So, no one should ever use blow dryers.
This whole prosecution is ridiculous. There are approximately 200 fatalities from kids left in cars each year. I'm going to guess most of those are along the lines of heat exhaustion/left for hours/etc., NOT a mom being 10 feet away while her other child donates coins to a charity. About 5,000 people die of food poisoning in the US each year. So, let's prosecute everyone who gives their child food...especially things like fish, tomatoes, meat, mayonnaise, etc...because, you know, they *could* die.
Geez, so when I left my 4 kids in the car while I ran to pick up my food at the take-out window (I was parked 4 stalls from the window) is an arrestable offense? I should instead take my 4 kids out of their carseats and walk them through a parking lot next to a busy street and then walk back while juggling 5 bags of food? And that's somehow safer? :
I never said "likely," why is that in quotes? The point is that every injury or death from being left in the car is COMPLETELY preventable, not like a freak power serge that you can't even anticipate. So was donating $8 to the salvation army (while it's sleeting outside because appearently it was so important that it couldn't wait), worth risking her child's life/health/safety even a tiny little bit? No, not worth it at all. For God's sake just go to the website and donate from the comfort of your own home if it's sleeting outside. Of course sometimes it might be unavoidable that you have to step out of the car for a minute, like some kind of emergency, but this wasn't a charity donation emergency, and therefore not worth it.
|wow! So according to that I can be persecuted,uh,prosecuted while I am unloading and loading all my kids into the car.Its a 10 minute process sometimes and at least one kid is alone for a couple of minutes.|
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