The heat wave has been unbearable; reaching over 100 degrees in many parts of the country. Indianapolis hit record highs in July with temperatures topping 104 degrees. So why would parents leave their infant in a car?
Well, they did. In two separate incidences, baby girls were left in the car this week. A dad left his 3-month old and a mom left her 16-month old in sweltering cars. The smaller of the girls was rushed to the hospital but later died. The other infant suffered from a heat related seizure and is in critical condition.
Both parents, Meg. E. Trueblood, 30, and Joshua Stryzanski, 18, were arrested after confessing to leaving them behind. The mom left her infant in an SUV while “bargain” shopping, with temperatures reaching 124 degrees in the car, and the dad left the baby for a long period of time.
It is amazing to think that anyone would think that it would not be harmful to leave a baby in a hot car. Animals cannot even survive in that type of heat. This is just plain stupid behavior and means they clearly have no common sense.
Joshua has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Meg was charged with felony neglect of a child. They can both expect harsh penalties and will join the Minneapolis parents in court, who left their newborn in the car while shopping at a pharmacy.
It is sad to hear that some parents don’t have the basic common sense needed to raise a child. This is not the first time it has happened, but let’s hope stiffer penalties and public announcements are put in place to avoid it in the future.
A word of advice, please don’t leave a child or pets in a hot car even for a minute. It could be the biggest mistake of your life. Make sure to read these CHILD SAFETY TIPS for heat.