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Technology To Remember Your Child

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Hot Vehicles Are Not Babysitters, SET A TASK!!!!

Vehicular Heat Stroke Claims Second Child
In 2017

A Child was lost in January, and this second was February 28, 2017,  in front of a daycare where his half-sister has worked for the last six months, in Brandon, Florida.

People point fingers to Law Makers, Car Manufacturers, and even mobile phone app developers.

I knew a lot of people text while driving, but I wanted to make a point here, so I checked out how many states have texting laws.

Currently, 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers.


I can’t imagine anyone walking in front of a bus while texting or playing a game.

NOW HEAR THIS, all smart phones have an app, which is called CALENDAR, or one closely associated which handles your to-do list, or TASKS.

Tasks are really no different than texts, and I know everyone knows how to text.  I log over 1500 texts every month, but up until last summer when Blair Corbett, Ark of Hope for Children, and I were talking about this very thing, I had never set a TASK in my phone.

OK, your wife asks you to drop the baby off at “Mother’s Day Out” on your way to work tomorrow, which is 8:30am, because you clock-in at 9:00am sharp;

  1. Set Task in your phone to “Drop The Baby at Mother’s Day Out” for the proper date and time. (Make sure the NOTIFICATION is ON.)
  2. No matter where you are, when that alarm goes off, HIT THE SLEEPER, now you are probably saying “How do I hit the sleeper if I am driving”.  You use voice commands, OR you wait until you stop, or you pull into a 7-11 and park, kill your engine, select “SNOOZE”, buckle up, fire the motor back up and drive, because you have 5 minutes until SNOOZE.
  3. Continue to hit snooze until the Baby is safely at Mother’s Day Out, and you are back in your vehicle, ready to finish the drive to work.
  4. Now you can hit dismiss, and put a check mark in the little box, because the Baby is safely at Mother’s Day Out.

I can’t imagine anyone forgetting one of their Children.

Speaking of that, this is a very good article on the subject:

What kind of person leaves a child in a hot car to die?


Justice Is Served For Winston

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Winston, 4, was left unattended in a motor vehicle, and had signs of physical abuse also.

Co-defendant in Elmore Child Abuse case

Montgomery, AL  –  The co-defendant in a high profile Elmore County child abuse case has been convicted in Florida.

Scott. T. Hicks, 39, of Wetumpka, was convicted in a Bay County, Florida courtroom on Wednesday, the Panama City News Herald reports.  District Attorney Randall Houston confirmed the convictions.  His office and the district attorney’s office in Bay County, Florida have worked closely together on the cases, he said.

A jury took about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon to convict Hicks of aggravated child abuse, two counts of child neglect causing great bodily harm and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, according to the News Herald. Hicks is set for sentencing on Dec. 2, and could face a maximum of life in prison, the newspaper reports.

Local officials will be watching his sentencing closely, Houston said.

“It looks like they did a great job in presenting the case,” Houston said.  “We worked very closely together, sharing evidence. Prosecutors from their office were in Wetumpka when Hallee McLeod was sentenced last month.

“If he is sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Florida, we will likely not prosecute on our local charges.  My view is, if he gets a stiff enough punishment down there, let Florida pay for his upkeep in prison.”

McLeod, 29 and also of Wetumpka, is the mother of the then 4-year-old child who is the victim in the case.  She was sentenced in October to 20 years, the maximum punishment, on aggravated child abuse and chemical endangerment of a child charges.

Mother pleads guilty in Elmore Child Abuse case

Hicks, McLeod’s boyfriend, has been indicted on the same charges in Elmore County, courthouse records show.  Hicks is not the boy’s father, Houston said.

In the wake of the case, Houston spearheaded the passage of “Winston’s Law” named after the victim.  The law increased the penalty for aggravated child abuse cases involving a victim under 6-years-old to a Class A felony with a punishment range of 20 to 99 years to life in prison.

Winston, now 6, has made a “remarkable,” recovery, Houston said.

The case goes back to Sept. of 2015 when Winston was found unresponsive in the back of a car parked at the Bay County, Florida courthouse in Panama City, Fla.  Deputies found the child as Hicks was clearing up some unrelated charges there.  The child was found to be dehydrated and suffering from physical abuse.

An investigation by the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office found the abuse occurred in Elmore County.  At the time, Sheriff Bill Franklin called the case “… the worst I have ever seen.”

Kansas Toddler Found In Hot Car

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Kansas Toddler found in hot vehicle Sunday

Small child, 18 months old, dies in hot car Sunday afternoon near Abilene

#HotVehicles are not #BabySitters
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2016

Dickinson, KS  –  An 18-month-old girl, who had been playing outdoors with her siblings, died Sunday after she was found unresponsive inside a hot car at her home in rural Dickinson County.

She was identified as Olivia Ann Engstrom, the daughter of Clifford and Sharon Engstrom.

Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman, who described the incident as “horrible,” said the girl had last been seen “a few hours” before her body was found.  He said no foul play was suspected, based on the initial investigation with family members.

Emergency responders were called about 6:15 p.m. Sunday to the family’s home in the 2800 block of Lark Road, about seven miles northeast of Abilene, after Olivia’s parents found her unresponsive inside the car.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hoffman told The Topeka Capital-Journal on Monday afternoon that Olivia had been outside playing with her siblings when she somehow got into a parked car outside her family’s home.

Hoffman said it hadn’t been determined yet how Olivia got into the car.

“Family members did indicate she was capable of crawling into the vehicle when the doors were open,” he said, “but she wasn’t capable of opening or closing the door.”

Hoffman said the children had been in and out of the family’s home on Sunday afternoon as they played.

“At some point,” Hoffman said, “the young girl got left in the vehicle.”

Information regarding the number of children who were playing and their ages wasn’t available.

Sunday’s high temperature was 92 degrees in Abilene.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine Olivia’s cause of death.

Hot Vehicle Claims Dallas Toddler

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Dallas Toddler Lost In Hot Vehicle

Child Dies After Being Left in Hot Car

#HotVehicles are not #BabySitters

Dallas Fire-Rescue tells NBCDFW that a child was left in a hot vehicle on Sunday afternoon.  Dallas Police later confirmed the child died and they are investigating the cause.

Dallas Fire Rescue said the 3-year-old child was found in a vehicle in the 11000 block of Shiloh Road near LBJ Freeway and Shiloh Road.

Dallas police have been called and will meet the family at the hospital.

We use KIDS AND CARS.org, because we have found these great people go the extra mile to help and they have great resources.

Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2016: 19, and I believe this number is 20 now.

We have downloaded several really nice resources, including the “Heatstroke Fact Sheet“, which we downloaded this evening.  You can get this in .pdf form here:


Danger: Kids Left in Hot Cars

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Danger: Kids Left in Hot Cars

Expert tips for keeping your kids safe from
heat stroke in cars.

By Denise Mann
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Every summer, heartbreaking and preventable deaths happen when children are left alone in hot cars.  More than 770 U.S. children have died that way since 1990, according to the nonprofit safety group Kids and Cars.

These cases happen when kids are left unattended in a hot car,  sometimes because the driver forgot the child was there, or when kids get into unlocked cars without any adult knowing it happened. Within minutes, they can be in danger.

Here is what you must know:

1.  No Exceptions, No Matter How Brief

Some parents may not want to take their child in and out of their cumbersome car seat for what they believe will be a quick stop.  But the stakes are too high.

“It is never OK to leave kids or pets in a car, even with the windows down,” says Christopher McStay, MD, an emergency room doctor and assistant professor of emergency medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center.  “It is an absolute no-no.”

McStay has seen his share of hot car casualties in the emergency room.  “Your car is a greenhouse and temperatures can get exceedingly hot in an exceedingly short period of time,” he says.

“There is no safe amount of time to leave children alone in the car,” says Nathan Allen, MD, an emergency medicine doctor at the University of Chicago.  “Kids are more susceptible and at higher risk for heat-related illness and injury than adults because their bodies make more heat relative to their size and their abilities to cool through sweating are not as developed as adults.”

As a result, just a few minutes can be extremely dangerous, even fatal, for a small child.

2.  Know What Can Go Wrong

“Parents leave children in a car for lack of understanding about how sick they can get and how quickly they can get sick,” says Christopher Haines, DO, director of pediatric emergency medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

“On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a car can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70% of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes,” he says.

Heat stroke may occur when body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  That overwhelms the brain’s temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and/or death.

3.  Bystander?  Get Involved

If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately, advises the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  “If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible,” states the NHTSA’s website.

Unfortunately, some child carriers have hoods, so you can’t tell if there is a child in the seat.  Developing alarm systems that sound if a child’s seat belt is left fastened when the door shuts may be helpful in the future, McStay says.

4.  Remind Yourself

Some parents or caregivers may forget that there is a sleeping child in the back seat and go about their business.

Think it can’t happen to you?  It can, says Mark McDaniel, PhD, a psychology professor at the university of Washington at St. Louis. Here’s how:

“The memory is faced with a challenge when it needs to remember something that you don’t do every day, such as take your child to school,” McDaniel says.  For instance, maybe Mom usually does that, but for some reason, Dad takes the task for the day, he says.

“If the child has fallen asleep in their car seat, which is usually behind the driver’s seat, there is no visual information to remind you that there is a kid to drop off and if you have not done it day in and day out, you need a cue,” McDaniel says.  “These are not bad parents, but people who don’t have a good understanding of their memory system.”

What can you do?  Give yourself reminders.  Keep telling yourself, out loud, to remember the child.  And give yourself visual cues.  For example, “place your briefcase beside your child so you must grab it before going to work, and will see your child,” McDaniel says.  Or put your diaper bag on the seat next to you, so that you’re reminded that you have the child with you.

5.  Prevent Kids From Wandering Into the Car

Don’t let your children play in your car, make sure the car’s doors and trunk are locked when you’re not using it, and keep the keys out of kids’ reach.  That may help prevent children from getting accidentally locked in the car, McStay says.

6.  Check That They Arrived

If your children take school buses or other modes of transportation, make sure that the transportation company follows established safety protocols, such as a bus driver walking through the bus to make sure no child is left onboard at the end of the route.

And call to make sure your child arrives as expected, if you are not there to greet your child, Haines says.