Her horrifying realization was captured on the recording of her call to 911.Most of what she said was lost in her shrieks — except for four words — “baby in the car.”Bystanders tried to help. A Time Warner Cable employee broke out the back window of the SUV with a crowbar and crawled inside. Someone outside managed to get the door open. They pulled Jefferson’s tiny body from his rear-facing car seat situated behind the driver’s seat. A day-care worker, who also called 911, tried to perform CPR. When she realized it was futile, she too dissolved into wails.The cause of death was determined to be “death by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure/accident.”It was a chaotic, gut-wrenching scene. …
NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE. NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE !
IF YOU SEE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A HOT VEHICLE, CALL 911.
Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
IF A CHILD IS MISSING, ALWAYS CHECK THE POOL FIRST, AND THEN THE CAR, INCLUDING THE TRUNK.
Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver. Or place your purse, briefcase or cellphone in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
Have a plan that your child-care provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.