It’s common sense not to leave a toddler in a vehicle even if the heat isn’t searing. No loving or sensible parent won’t do that to their kid, but there are situations where people forget. The number of victims of such cases increases.
There are casualties, even if there are public education campaigns. In 2018, 53 children were suffocated by the heat. In the last 20 years, the yearly average of victims was 38.
Some parents were pre-occupied by a lot of things going in their lives, but still, it shouldn’t be a reason for a fatal occurrence to happen. The reason for such an incident could also be rear-facing seats where parents can overlook that there’s a sleeping child inside their vehicle.
Recently, In Oklahoma, a mother should be thankful to 12-year old Ben Theriot. Ben and his mother heard a child crying from a parking lot in a mall, and they know something was wrong.
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Posted by FOX23 News on Tuesday, August 13, 2019
They investigated and found a toddler inside the car. The kid was screaming and his face was red, but no one was in the car. Ben immediately pounded the windshield of the vehicle using a ratchet strap to break in. However, even the glass bent and cracked, Ben couldn’t get in.
Ben climbed onto the vehicle and kicked its windshield until it cracked, but it’s still not enough. Ben and his mom get a clothing rack from one of the nearby shops and the pre-teen “put the hook into the windshield and pulled it out.”
After removing some glass, Ben climbed through the car carefully and unlocked its doors. Ben got the child out, and they called the police.
Fortunately, the toddler wasn’t harmed. However, it can’t be said that the child would’t experience something fatal if Ben hadn’t saved him sooner.
The heat index that day was 116, the air conditioning of the car was off and the doors were locked. When the police located the mother in the shop, the mother claimed that she thought someone was in the car watching her son. The child services will investigate further to ensure there are no other issues involved.
The mother wasn’t charged with murder because her child wasn’t hurt, but she was fined with $250 under the “Forget Me Not” Oklahoma law that panelizes people who leave vulnerable adults and children in an unattended vehicle. 19 states in America have a similar law.