This morning I read a story about another baby who was accidentally left in a car and died. Mom had forgot to drop her off at daycare and went to work with her 1 year old still in her car seat. Sadly the baby passed. I hate reading these types of stories :(
But the most horrible part of the story was the comments section. Every single person was saying the mother clearly needed an IQ test in order to be allowed to have a child, that she was probably on drugs, that she deserved the death sentence, that they hoped her husband divorced her for her negligence.
I get that there ARE negligent parents out there, but maybe it's not up to us to wish horrible things on people. I can TOTALLY see how a busy parent, NOT a bad parent, but a distracted one could forget the baby in the car. I've never accidentally left DD but I can see how it could happen. And I have a high IQ, I'm not on drugs, I'm not a lazy parent that does things for my own convenience, but I know that if I were distracted I could make the same horrible mistake. I think most parents TRY really hard, and are still judged by society as being "bad" all the time.
This might be an UO, but maybe we should be more supportive of other parents. Friendly reminders to check the back seat should be a frequently used PSA in the summer months. I think that would be a lot more productive than wishing tragic outcomes on already stressed people.
Also: I think someone should distribute key chains or air fresheners or SOMETHING that people can see in their car to REMIND them to ALWAYS check the back seat.