Hot Cars and Kids: New Case in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – May 26, 2018
A little girl 1-year-old has died in East Nashville after her father Matt Barker left her in the back of a pickup truck for the whole day.
He left his home at 7 a.m. with his two children to take them to a daycare.
Then he came home at about 8 a.m. and after flew out of the city for a business trip. In the evening his wife Jenny Barker arrived at the daycare to pick up the kids. But the workers told Katera was not appeared. Barker called her husband and realized soon the baby was still in the car. Those days the temperature reached 89 degrees in Nashville.
With the policemen she took the baby out of the truck and started CPR. Later baby was taken to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Matt Barker flew back to Nashville late Wednesday night. No charges are being filed at this time.
Often, parents whose children die after being left in cars are charged with manslaughter or prosecuted for neglect. There is a syndrome of memory failures in science.
“A syndrome of memory failures are remarkably powerful, and it happens to everyone,” said Gene Brewer, an ASU associate professor of psychology. “There is no difference between gender, class, personality, race or other traits. Functionally, there isn’t much of a difference between forgetting your keys and forgetting your child in the car.”
Janette Fennell, president and founder of the car safety group Kids and Cars, agrees with it.
“It’s convenient for others to blame the parent rather than understand how this really happens,” Fennell added. “It can and does happen to absolutely anyone.”
But it is still necessary to condemn these cases.
“It would be useful to punish parents, so these cases might have ended.” said Fennell.
Now experts give to people simple advice:
- have a habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your car
- put something like your cell phone or handbag or employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat
- keep a big stuffed animal or toy in the child's car seat. When the child is sat in the car seat, shift a toy in the front passenger seat. Let it will be reminder that the child is in the back seat
Never leave children alone in cars, not even for a minute.
Maybe someday the car will be equipped with a system to never forget the children.