WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER RERUN: Children in hot cars

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, I’M RE-POSTING SOME OLD BLOGS I THOUGHT WERE INTERESTING AND WORTH A SECOND LOOK, OR A FIRST GLANCE FOR MY MANY NEW READERS.

A Florida toddler has become the 10th child to die in a hot car in the U.S. this year, outpacing the number of such tragedies during the same time period last year.

Three-year-old Sholom Tauber died Monday after his father left him in a car outside the preschool where he and his wife work in Miami Gardens, police said.

Sholom’s father’s LinkedIn page lists him as the technology development and faculty trainer at the daycare, called the Lubavitch Educational Center.

Police will forward the case to prosecutors who will decide whether charges are appropriate. Oftentimes in such cases, prosecutors declined to file charges because they’re mostly accidental.

So far this year, at least 10 children have died in hot cars. In the same time period last year, seven children had died in hot cars. Although this year’s numbers are up, they’re far below the record years of 2018 and 2019, when 21 and 30 children died in hot cars through mid-July, respectively, according to data kept by Kids and Car Safety.

—USA TODAY, July 13, 2022

From my blog in the summer of 2016: There are NO excuses.

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