Don’t Leave Children in Vehicles to Go Grocery Shopping – It Is Dangerous to Children and Can Get You Arrested

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In warm weather States like Florida, it is extremely dangerous to leave a child unattended in a vehicle especially during warm Spring months and brutally hot summer months. Children are vulnerable to hyperthermia if left in a hot car even for a few minutes. See also The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Issues Consumer Advisory as to Hyperthermia (Leaving Children in Hot Cars Is Dangerous) Many parents leave a child in a vehicle to run an errand or to go grocery shopping. In addition to hyperthermia dangers, a child is at risk for wandering away, abduction, getting harmed in the vehicle, and / or getting harmed by others. In Manatee County, Florida, a mother was recently arrested because she left her child in the vehicle while she went grocery shopping. The mother stated that she had forgotten that the child was left in the vehicle. Don’t forget children in vehicles and don’t purposely leave children in vehicles. Either way and for whatever reason, leaving a child unattended in a vehicle can lead to child personal injuries and even death in some instances. It can also land a parent, day care provider, and child care provider in jail. You can read more about this story at Manatee County, Florida Mother Jailed for Leaving Child in Car While Grocery Shopping.