Lehigh Acres (Lee County) Florida Babysitter Arrested for Leaving Children in “Hot Car” While She Was Getting a Facial – Dangers of Hyperthermia / Summer Heat to Florida Children


A Lehigh Acres babysitter, near Fort Myers, Florida, was arrested when she left two children and two pets in a car while she into a salon to get a facial. A passer-by noticed the 6-year-old boy, 7-year-old girl and two pets in the car with the windows rolled up. The 22-year-old baby sitter said she left car running while she was in the salon, however, the passer-by claimed this to be untrue. The children were treated at a nearby hospital for heat stress and released. The county’s Animal Control Department took the pets.

Parents as well as any child care providers including day care providers, teachers, babysitters, coaches, and camp counselors have a duty to protect children from harm. Babysitters should appreciate the responsibility they take on when hired to care for children. Leaving a child in a car unattended is never acceptable and worsened in cases when the event takes place at times of the year when temperatures are extreme- low or high. Hyperthermia increases during this time of year.

A child injury lawyer should be contacted to discuss the legal issues the arise from the negligent conduct of others that results in personal injuries or harm to a child.

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