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Alarming Number of Cars Stolen with Kids Inside

.jpg photo of kids and cars graphicThings can go wrong in mere seconds
when a child is left alone in a vehicle

#Vehicles Are Not #BabySitters

Cars are being stolen with children alone in the back seat all over the country far too often and in some of the most unexpected places. Families are being traumatized and expensive AMBER Alerts are being issued as a result of these easily preventable incidents.

Last month, KidsAndCars.org documented 17 children (+ 4 cases involving dogs) who were taken in a stolen vehicle, one resulting in the tragic death of a teen.  In 2019, KidsAndCars documented over 200 children taken in stolen vehicles nationwide.

Thieves watch for vehicles to be left unattended with the engine running or the keys inside.  Most of the time, they don’t realize that there is a child inside until after they have stolen the vehicle.  Car thefts happen even in the safest neighborhoods, outside homes, convenience stores, grocery stores, daycares, restaurants, etc.  It only takes a few seconds for a car thief to jump into a vehicle and be gone.  Children and pets should never be left alone inside of a vehicle, not even for a minute.

“Although the victims of these types of incidents typically survive, it is incredibly distressing for everyone involved.  Because this is easily preventable, we can avoid the unnecessary trauma and use of precious law enforcement resources by simply never leaving children alone in vehicles.” said Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org.

On February 6, a 13-year-old Wichita, KS girl was dragged to death trying to escape the backseat of her family SUV that was stolen while her family went inside to grab food.

Below are the details on the cases KidsAndCars.org documented last month.

02/28/21 – Chicago, IL – Children 5 & 7 – Parked on street, kids called Mom from tablet, found shortly after.

02/24/21 – Renton, WA – Girl 5 – Grocery Store, AMBER Alert, found unharmed.

02/17/21 – Cleveland, OH – Girl 3, Boy 4 – Parked on street, thief left Children along road nearby.

02/16/21 – St. Paul, MN – Children 2 & 4 – Apartment, thief left children outside in cold.

02/16/21 – Valrico, FL – Girl 1 – Driveway of residence, found 2 hours later.

02/15/21 – Honolulu, HI – Infant – Gas station, found along road shortly after.

02/12/21 – Madison, WI – Child – Restaurant, thief abandoned child in car nearby minutes later.

02/09/21 – Columbus, OH – Boy 4 mos – Daycare, AMBER Alert.

02/09/21 – Cayce, SC – Girl 2, puppy – Hotel circle drive, found 3 hours later 11 miles away in car.

02/07/21 – St. Paul, MN – Girl 6 – Walgreens, thief left girl in car a few blocks away.

02/06/21 – San Francisco, CA – Girl 4, Boy 1 – Residence, AMBER Alert issued, children found 4 hrs later.

02/06/21 – Minneapolis, MN , Boy 1 – Church, AMBER Alert, found nearby 2.5 hrs later.

02/06/21 – Wichita, KS – Girl 13 – Restaurant, FATAL

The cost of car theft.

In 2018 alone, 748,841 vehicles were stolen in the United States, costing vehicle owners more than $6 billion according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

AMBER Alerts and extensive search operations for car theft kidnapping cases have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.   One estimate out of Memphis, TN reported the cost to be over $71,000 in the search for a missing baby taken in a vehicle in March, 2018.

Most importantly, the safety and well-being of children is priceless.

State Laws

There are currently 21 states that have laws making it illegal to leave children unattended inside vehicles.  However, it is important for parents and caregivers to understand that in any state, a person can face child endangerment or neglect charges for leaving a child alone in a vehicle, even if the state does not have a law specifically making it illegal.

Additionally, at least 30 states and some municipalities have varying laws making it illegal to leave vehicles running unattended.  These are commonly referred to as anti-idling laws and also help protect the environment.

Tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved.  Call 911 immediately.  If the child is in distress, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.
  • Utilize drive-thru or curbside services that don’t require you to leave your vehicle.
  • If a business doesn’t offer curbside delivery, call upon arrival and ask them to bring your order to your car.  Most people are more than happy to accommodate when you tell them you have small children.
  • Keep car doors locked every time you step away from your vehicle and any time you’re sitting inside a parked car.
  • Understand that a running vehicle can be driven away even if the key fob is not inside the vehicle.

Car Theft Video PSA:  http://youtu.be/mTa98jQfYTg
 
There are far too many devastating tragedies that could have easily been prevented had a child not been left alone in a vehicle.  Besides being abducted during a car theft, children are injured by knocking cars into gear, suffer from heatstroke, become strangled by power windows and seat belts, start car fires, exit the vehicle and are run over, etc.
 
For more information on the dangers children face when left alone in vehicles, please visit our website. 

 

 

SC Couple Charged In Death Of Newborn

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Aaron Doster, 22, arrested for the death of newborn

Man, woman charged with homicide
by child abuse months after baby girl
dies in York County

YORK COUNTY, SC  –  A man and woman have been arrested following a three-and-a-half-month investigation following the death of a baby girl in York County, officials announced on Wednesday.

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Hannah Parton, 21, was arrested for death of newborn

York County detectives charged Aaron Doster and Hannah Parton with homicide by child abuse and unlawful neglect of a child.

Both Doster, 22, and Parton, 21, were arrested following an investigation into the June 23 death of Parton’s 7-week-old daughter.

Detectives, with help from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), charged Doster with homicide after they said he caused blunt force trauma to the head of the baby.

Doster and Parton were also charged with unlawful neglect of a child. Doster was not the father of the baby.

Both Doster and Parton are being held at the York County Detention Center.

WARNING Killer targets Children alone In Hot Vehicles

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Your Child Needs You to Love and Supervise them.

Parents arrested after toddler son is
found dead in hot car on 90-degree day

#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters  #HeatStrokeKills  #LookBeforeYouLock  #PassTheHotCarsAct

An Alabama couple is facing criminal charges for the death of their toddler son, who police said was found dead Sunday in a hot car.

The toddler was found unresponsive on the spot

Officers were sent to Hodges around 4:00 pm. against the background of reports of a three-year-old child with no answer in the car.  Franklin County Police said in a statement that an ambulance attempted to resuscitate the boy, but he was pronounced dead on the spot.

The boy’s parents, 20-year-old Dakota Fowler and 21-year-old Brandy Burks, reportedly said they last saw their baby at midnight as they put him to bed.  When they woke up at 3:00 pm, they couldn’t find their son and found him in the car, police said.

Investigators identified the deceased child as Bentley Fowler.

Autopsy reports revealed that the toddler died due to heatstroke

On Sunday the temperature in Hodges reached 93 degrees.  Although Fowler and Burks were arrested and charged with manslaughter, Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver called their son’s death an accident.

The baby’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.   Records show Fowler and Burks remain in prison.

According to No Heatstroke, Bentley Fowler became the 15th Child to die in a hot car this year.  In 2019, 52 children died from car heatstroke.

Every Child Deserves Good, Loving Parents.

I Have An Update From KidsandCars.org

Unfortunately, there have been 15 hot car deaths this year in the U.S.  Not surprisingly, given the pandemic and children being home more frequently, the percentage of children that gained access to a vehicle on their own is nearly double the average this year (47% this year vs 26% on average).

Today, Thursday, August 13th KidsAndCars.org is joining the National Highway Safety Administration  and is hosting a Tweet-up to raise awareness about preventing hot car deaths.  Please join us in posting throughout the day using the hashtags #heatstrokekills, #lookbeforeyoulock and #passtheHotCarsAct

Remembering Carmen To Stop Child Abuse

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Carmen Ellis Memorial Ride – Stop Child Abuse

Annual motorcycle ride brings
awareness about Child Abuse, Safety

INDIANAPOLIS, IN  –  The grandmother of a fatal child abuse victim hopes motorcyclists and even non-riders will help raise awareness about keeping kids safe.

Although 3-year-old Carmen Ellis is no longer alive, her memory lives on thanks to her family, friends and even people who never had to a chance to meet her.

“She was just the sweetest little girl and just very funny,” Tina Smith said.

Tina lights up talking about her late granddaughter Carmen.  She and her husband, Lorin Smith who is also a motorcyclist, are organizing another annual fundraiser called the Carmen Ellis Memorial Ride, which started eight years ago following Carmen’s death.

“She died August 22, 2012, killed because of child abuse by my daughter’s boyfriend,” said Tina.

Every year since 2012, to remember Carmen, Tina has raised money for child abuse charity.

The Smiths have teamed up with local VFWs, which serves as some of the stops for the memorial ride.  This year the fundraiser will also include kicking off with a breakfast where participants can make donations.  The breakfast takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat buffet with a $7.75 donation.  The memorial ride starts at The American Legion Post 495 located at 8725 East 38th St., in Indianapolis.  The donation is $20 per motorcycle rider and just $5 per passenger. Kickstands up at 10:30 am.

The couple also plans to do a 50/50 drawing, auctions and raffles.  Tina and Lorin don’t usually set a number of riders for each event but it has grown each year just by word of mouth.  This year’s event will take place after missing last year.

The memorial ride happened last year but without Tina and Lorin.  They both lost their lower left legs in crash with a distracted driver and spent months in physical therapy.  So now they’re inviting everyone to be in Carmen’s Ride.

“You can be on a motorcycle, on a slingshot, a car, a truck or a van,” Tina said.  “As long as it’s roadworthy you can be there with us.”

This year the memorial ride is even more special because it’s on Aug. 22, which is the same date Carmen received her heavenly wings.

Whether you do Carmen’s Ride or not Tina wants everyone to help with stopping child abuse.

“The child should come first,” Tina said. “They are so dependent on us, the adults, just adults to help them.”

WARNING Child Killer Still Out There

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Your Child Needs You to Love and Supervise them.

Killer Takes Children Unattended In Vehicles

On Monday, July 20, 2020, the 11th Child this year was taken in Arkansas while playing in a vehicle.  Her 15-month-old sister remains in critical condition.

Two days earlier, on Saturday July 18, 2020, the killer was there in Texas when the little boy climbed into the vehicle and started playing.  There were no eye witnesses when the unseen stalker took the 10th Child this year.

In Kentucky, Saturday July 11, as the little girl played in the vehicle, someone had to see and know the danger, even before the 9th Child was taken.

Every one of the Children on this list lost their lives due to HEAT STROKE.

How many Children were VICTIMIZED by Child Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Mental Abuse, and/or Trafficking just this year?

Our Children are easy prey when left unsupervised and many parents mistakenly believe their Children are safe indoors.

The internet is a cesspool of perverts and pedophiles doing everything possible to lure Children to them.

Nothing can replace Parental Supervision and Quality TimeMissed Quality Time is gone forever, and can never be made-upGood memories are easy to make and free for the making during Quality Time.

When children grow up in safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments, they learn empathy, impulse control, anger management and problem-solvingall skills that protect against violence.

Every Child Deserves Good, Loving Parents.