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My son Locke and I walked out of the grocery recently and to our car. I put him in his car seat and, as I was buckling him in, he was whining, “It hot, mama. It hottttttt. I hot mama.”

I cringed at the thought of all the children LEFT in hot cars and unable to talk to anyone. Unable to unbuckle their seat belt. Unable to unlock their door. Unable to reach the door handle. Unable to hear anyone that cares for them. Unable to understand why no one is coming to get them. Unable to scream anymore. Unable to breath. At all.

Maybe it’s the social worker blood in my veins or simply the common sense in my veins, but I am appalled at all the recent “child left in hot car” stories and frightful info. “Nanny leaves two children in hot car to go tanning” “Dad leaves child in car while working all day.” “Car temp increases 20 degrees in 10 minutes - 50 degrees in 1 hour.” “Core body temp reaches 108 degrees and death ensues.”

Accident or not, I could not imagine not getting my children out of a car. EVER.

There have already been 14 deaths this year; 44 last year; 619 since 1998 — ALL COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY.

Please don’t leave them in there. Even to run in and pay for your gas. Even to get out and check your mail. Even to run inside McDonald’s. They deserve our respect on cold days and especially the hot ones. And there are many many more hot ones left to bear.

Lucy Pope-Byrd

Sexual assault advocate

Families First

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