3 Felony Counts for Woman Who Left Children in Vehicle

(VIA WKRN Nashville) It could be that there is something about Walmart parking lots, or more and more parents are disregarding the serious danger that is leaving their child in a vehicle unattended. Yesterday a mother in Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with three felony counts of child endangerment after leaving three children unattended inside of her car while she was shopping. Witnesses reported the children to security, who were able to call the police to assist the children. Once the police arrived on scene, they found that the children had been left in the vehicle with the keys still in the ignition. With none of the children older than 4 years-old, this is obviously a situation which would be very dangerous to the children involved. Whether it could have been an automotive theft which could have occurred, or vehicular heat stroke from the temperature inside of the vehicle, this mother clearly put her children in harm’s way.

When the mother returned back to the vehicle she told officers on the scene that she had just run into the store “for a minute”. However, officers reviewed surveillance tape inside of the Walmart and discovered that the woman had been inside of the store for at least 45 minutes. Fortunately for the children, this occurred later in the day, otherwise the results could have been deadly.

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Image of the woman charged with three counts of felony child endangerment in connection with this incident.

Looking forward Phila-Locksmith always reminds you to bring your child with you, whenever you are going to be exiting the vehicle. By bringing your child with you, a slew of potential dangerous situations for you and your children can be avoid, rather easily. Below you can find a few of our tips that can assist you to avoid leaving your child locked in the car accidentally.

Helpful Tips:

  • Leave your cellphone in the child’s car seat
  • Put an item in child’s seat when it is empty, but move it to the front when they are riding along
  • Educate your child on the dangers of being left in a car, so they can identify a dangerous situation no matter who they are with
  • Never leave your child in the vehicle!
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6 Week Old Baby Left in Car Outside Wal-Mart

(VIA NBC10) In a story that is becoming all to common this summer, another mother was found to have left her child inside of her SUV outside of the Wal-Mart on Franklin Mills Boulevard. Just last week we detailed the heroic story of a 3 year old who was able to save an elderly man locked inside of his car, and the dangers of automotive heat stroke. Needless to say, it is never safe to leave your child unattended in a vehicle, especially in the summer. In just a matter of minutes the temperature inside of a locked vehicle can reach dangerous levels, so no matter how fast the trip will be, always bring your child with you.

Luckily for this family, a passerby saw the child locked inside of the vehicle and called police. By the time that police and medical personnel had arrived on the scene, the mother had returned to the vehicle. The mother of the 6-week-old was taken in by police for questioning and after examination, the child was released to his father. Fortunately in this case the child was not harmed, but it is always important to remember to bring your child with you whenever you exit your vehicle. Below you can find a list of preventative tips that will help you to always remember when your child is in the back seat of your car.

Tips to Avoid Leaving Your Child in the Car

One of the best recommendations that we have at Phila-Locksmith is to put your cell phone with your child in their car seat. Not only will you remember to grab your child since you will have to get your phone from the car seat, but you can avoid using your cell phone on the road, which is illegal in the city of Philadelphia. Putting your cell phone in your child’s car seat is a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone. There are also companies which offer products that give you a notification anytime you have strayed too far from your child. These products attach to your child’s clothing and another sensor is on a bracelet the parent car wear. When this is used in a car, the parent would be warned as soon as they walked away from the car that their child was still inside.

It is always a bad idea to leave your child in a vehicle unattended. Many of the incidents of vehicular heat stroke that are occur and are reported by news happen when a parent claims that they forgot their child in the backseat. Unfortunately there are still plenty of parents out there who think it is alright to leave a child in the car, even if just running inside of the store for a second. While sometimes parents may be able to get away with a quick run into the store, it only takes one time for tragedy to strike.

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Even if just for a matter of minutes, leaving your child unattended in a vehicle is dangerous.

3 Year Old Saves Man Locked In Car

(VIA WTVC) A child in Tennessee is being hailed as a hero after saving an elderly man who had gotten locked inside of his vehicle at a church function on Saturday. Recently there a head been a stretch of deaths and close calls that were caused by vehicular heat stroke, that is what led three-year-old Keith Williams’ mother to teach her son about the dangers of being in a hot locked car. Just days later they found themselves at a fundraiser in Nashville for the Vestal Baptist Church and little Keith’s knowledge the dangers of being stuck in a car were put to the test.

At the same fundraiser 68-year-old Bob King and his wife were in attendance. Staying in his vehicle, Bob was accidentally locked inside of the car because of a sticky lock. Since his wife had taken the keys he was unable to turn the air conditioning on. Due to having strokes as well as cancer treatment recently, Bob was left in very poor shape and was unable to get the door open himself. With temperatures outside already pushing 90 degrees this situation had the making for a very tragic  ending.

Mr. King saw Keith walking past the car he was stuck in and started tapping on the glass in an attempt to get the child’s attention. After quickly getting his attention, Bob, tried to ask the boy to go get help. Having learned the dangers of being locked in a car just days before, Keith went in search of an adult who would be able to help him open the car door since he could not do so him. The boy sought out the help of the Pastor of Vestal Baptist Church Jack Greene who at first was confused by the boys request. Being only a three-year-old, at first all little Keith told Pastor Greene was, “locked, locked”. When Pastor Greene did not think anything of it immediately Keith pulled on the Pastor and said “hot, hot, hot”, at that point the Pastor knew that something was up and that he should follow the child to find out what was going on.

“His whole body was raining sweat. His face was red like a pickled beet” – Pastor Greene on Mr. King’s appearance

As soon as Pastor Greene got to the car he identified what was wrong and after a few tries was able to get the jammed door open. With temperatures inside the vehicle quickly rising and much higher than the 91 degrees outside, it is no surprise that Mr. King was in bad shape. Fortunately the Pastor got to the man in time and was able to bring him into the church for water and air conditioning in order to bring his body heat back to a more manageable level. It ended up that his wife had not returned to the car until 20 minutes after Bob had been taken from the vehicle. If it had not been for the three-year-old hero Keith then this whole scenario could have been a tragedy.

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Pictured above is Keith Williams three-year-old who saved a Nashville man locked in his vehicle.

Phila-Locksmith highly recommends that you inform your children of the dangers that being locked in a vehicle can bring. By warning your children they can also help you identify dangerous situations which are going on.

Vehicular Heat Stroke an Unnecessary Tragedy

From the department of things that should not have to be said leaving your child or pet in a vehicle is extremely dangerous and can cause death in just a matter of minutes. Over the past weeks the news has been flooded with parents who have both intentionally and unintentionally left their children inside of locked cars and Phila-Locksmith feels that there is a need to reemphasize exactly how much of a threat that vehicular heat stroke can be. Especially in these hot summer months, the inside of a closed vehicle can get to extreme temperatures in just a matter of minutes. With over 606 child deaths since 1998 because of vehicular heat stroke in addition to uncounted amounts of close calls, it is obvious that the message of how dangerous the inside of a vehicle can be on a summer day needs to be spread to more parents.

New Orleans, LA

A mother in Slidell, just outside of New Orleans, LA was arrested just the other day for leaving her child in the vehicle for 30 minutes while she was inside shopping. Luckily for everyone involved a good samaritan called police to come and get the 5-week-old out of the vehicle. When they finally got the child out of the car the inside had sweltered to a temperature of about 130 degrees. Police say that if it had not been for the good samaritan who called police then the child would have likely died from vehicular heat stroke. No matter who quickly you think that you will be in and out of a store, it is not quick enough to leave a child behind.

Philadelphia, PA

In the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia a babysitter was taken into custody on Tuesday for leaving five children in a car while she was grocery shopping. She did leave the air conditioner running for the children who were all under the age of nine, but when police arrived to get the children out of the vehicle they found that all of the children were overheated. All of the children were taken to the hospital for evaluation and were later released to their parents.

Pittsburgh, PA

Perhaps the worst story of a child left in the car recently comes from Pittsburgh, PA were a mother and step father were charged with child endangerment after they had left a child in their vehicle while they drank at a bar. The windows were cracked and it was just after midnight that police were called to the scene by another bar patron, however this underscores that even when temperatures are not overly oppressive that having children and pets in the car is dangerous. As police arrived on the scene and found the two year old slumped over in the vehicle, the mother left the bar and was arrested. The 2 year old boy was taken to the hospital for evaluation and is expected to make a full recovery.

These are just three stories of children being left in a hot car over the past week and some of the situations are down right appalling. As a member of the American Best Locksmith family we are joining together with other locksmiths to form emergency responders to any case where a pet or child is locked in the car. Many times police are able to open the vehicle and quickly, but we want to join with other locksmiths to offer free door unlocking whenever there is a child or pet locked in the vehicle. The dangerous of vehicular heat stroke are very real and parents need to take extra care during the summer months. American Best Locksmith has developed a list of tips to prevent vehicular heat stroke and also recommends the 1decision bracelet which can prevent a child from ever being unintentionally left behind in a vehicle, or any other setting.

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97% of recorded vehicular heat stroke deaths have occurred since 1990.