There is a world of difference between forgetting your child in the car and purposely going off and doing something with your child in the car.
Usually people forget newborns in cars, because you can't see them, they might be asleep and you are dead on your feet from weariness, factor in PND and terrible accidents can happen.
But this mother had done it before and her child was older. If she did it on purpose then I have no sympathy for her and huge amounts for the kid. I just don't understand, how much more education can we possibly receive, we hear about these tragedies all the time. You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that is dangerous.
I saw an interview on Oprah about a lady who left her baby in the car on accident, because the normal routine was that her husband took their bubs to daycare, same type of story, rear facing car, bubs fast asleep. She went into work and then after about 4 hours realised, she ran out to the car but it was too late and their baby had died.
Nobody with any amount empathy would ever think that this woman needed to be punished, it was a terrible accident and she has to live every single day with the nightmare knowledge that she accidentally killed her child. The story was horrendous. Same goes for that poor father in WA.
I forgot DSS just a few weeks before the case of the Dad forgetting his son. I went to get DD from after school care. Chatted with the teachers ,with DD. A good 10 minutes at least. I only realised because when I went to sign her out I was able to hold the folder easily as I had two hands free. It was about 34 degrees outside. DH had been home all week and I hadn't needed to take him. I completely and utterly forgot. A heart stopping moment and something I will never ever forget. ( he was fine but very hot and sweaty).
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Terrible accident or negligence? I'll agree with the word terrible, the rest is subjective.
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