It happens every summer (here’s the 2005 post)… some “parent” FORGETS THEIR KID IS IN THE CAR and leaves them there to roast.
On Thursday, it was 108 degrees when Kyle Brown forgot his THREE MONTH OLD daughter and left her in his SUV for ALMOST TWO HOURS.
Do you know how hot it gets in a car when it’s 108 outside? Imagine being strapped in a car seat, parked in the sun, windows rolled up, for almost two hours. Hell, I dare anyone in this city to sit in an enclosed car for 15 minutes, much less an hour and 45 minutes. Go ahead, give it a try tomorrow. Park your car in the sun, and at 3:00 in the afternoon, climb on in. Be sure to roll up the windows. Oh, and no water — the baby didn’t have any. See how long you can stand it.
Little Amberlee Elizabeth Brown didn’t have a chance. Her core temperature was 109 when firefighters arrived on the scene. She fought all night, but died Friday morning.
And here come the usual “prevention ideas” from the media — women, put your PURSE in the backseat with the kid. I guess you can’t forget your purse, so when you reach for it, hopefully you are reminded to get your baby too. Put a note on the dashboard — I guess to remind yourself that you are a parent? Clip the garage door opener to the baby seat…
Dear God, do people really need a REMINDER to get their child out of the car???
This is going to sound harsh to some and I’m sure I’ll get emails about it. But this is murder. Call it “negligent homicide” if it makes you feel better. Whatever. I know, I know, the parents are grieving, it’s a tragedy, nothing can ever replace Amberlee. That’s all true. It is a horrific tragedy. But it was entirely preventable and someone needs to go to prison.
Forgetting you have a three month old baby and leaving them in a car in the Phoenix summer is inexcusable. Period.