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Experts Have Big Warning - Parents Who Forget Their Children In Cars Have This Common

There have been just too many incidents of children killed by being left in a hot car. Most critics argue that such a thing would never happen to them. Experts say it could probably happen to anyone, as all of these cases have one key thing in common.

Eric Stuyvestant has been criticized harshly for forgetting his three-year-old son, Michael, in a car last summer. Over an hour had passed before he realized the mistake he'd made. “I was certain he was dead,” said Stuyvestant. “I rushed to the vehicle believing that I had killed my precious baby boy. When I got to him he was still breathing. His breath was very shallow and very labored, but I knew we still had a chance. I was fortunate that two of my teenage sons were home.”

The family was lucky-- Michael survived. Stuyvestant says parents who criticize should not be so sure of themselves.

“I have raised 7 children. Michael’s closest sibling is 12 years his senior. Our eldest has a daughter a year older than Michael. I thought this parenting thing was old hat. I was wrong. I made what was, and will most probably be, the biggest mistake of my life by being comfortable with my parenting skills,” Stuyvestant explains in an interview with Independent Journal Review.

Kids and Cars, an advocacy group, says that there is a common factor in most cases of children being left in cars: there is a break in the routine. In Stuyvestant's case, he usually dropped off Michael, and then his wife. That horrible day, his wife had to go in early so he dropped her off first.

The Stuyvestants have put safety measures in place to prevent another tragic accident. They call each other to check in at drop-off times. They've instructed the day care to call if Michael is 15 minutes late. They use ChildMinder SoftClip, a gadget that rings an alarm if the parent steps more than 15 feet from the car while a child is still strapped into a car seat.

Most of all, Stuyvestant urges parents to never get too cocky. “Never, even for a second, believe that it can’t happen to you.”

Source: IJ Review
Photo: Independent Journal/Eric Stuyvesant

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