A news story Wednesday has sparked comments about the reality of busy parents and kids left in cars.
Police say a man stole an SUV — with a 10-month-old baby inside — from a West Seattle convenience-store parking lot while the baby’s father was in the store buying a few items. The child was unharmed when the vehicle was found an hour later. A suspect was arrested, and on Thursday was ordered held with bail set at $500,000.
Many details remain unclear about this particular case, such as whether the keys were left in the car, or whether the doors were locked. Whatever the case, police were quick to point out that parents should never leave children in the car unsupervised.
But how often does this happen, despite the best intentions of otherwise great parents? Can most parents claim they’ve never left a small child in the car while they stepped outside for a quick task like picking up dry cleaning or getting a few last things for dinner?
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