A Kentucky father has been arrested for allegedly leaving his 2-year-old son inside a hot car parked outside his office.
Kenneth Robinson, 31, told police he got distracted Monday and drove
straight to work instead of dropping off the boy at daycare. The toddler
was strapped in the backseat as the temperature hit 100 degrees in the
car in London, Ky. One of Robinson's co-workers noticed the boy more
than two hours later and made a frantic call to police.
"I need an ambulance at Patton-Chestnut and Binder ASAP. A child was
left in the car," the co-worker said. "Is he breathing? Is he breathing?
Yes, he's breathing."
Witnesses say the boy was alert in the backseat, but his face was red
before being rushed to the hospital. Robinson told police it was a
This is not an uncommon story during the hot summer months. A
Massachusetts woman was charged last week with reckless endangerment for
leaving her 5-month-old niece in the car for hours. The baby survived.
Thirty-three children died of hypothermia in the United States last year
after being left in a vehicle; six have already died this year. Half of
the children were forgotten in the vehicle by a caregiver.
Brenda Slaby of Ohio left her 2-year-old daughter baking in a car for
eight hours in 2008. The temperature reached 140 degrees in the car and
killed the little girl.
"I know I can't blame myself because I know I didn't consciously do this. I know that," Slaby said.
Robinson's story didn't end in tragedy and he pleaded not guilty at his
arraignment Wednesday. Robinson faces a felony charge of wanton
endangerment and is due back in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
Technology is available to parents to make sure they never leave a child
behind. There's a free app called "Baby Reminder," which allows parents
to set alerts that you're driving with your child.
Then, there are more basic reminders such as always looking around your
car before locking the doors, or use memory triggers like keeping a
teddy bear in the front seat when your child is in the backseat.