Why you shouldn't leave your 6 year old and 18 month old, unattended in a vehicle with the engine running:
An off duty police officer dropped his child at daycare this morning.
As he came out of the daycare building, into the parking lot, he saw a mini-van rolling toward his car with a 6 year old at the wheel. He immediately ran over and jammed it in park before it hit his own car.
The 6 year old had climbed into the front seat and managed to reach the brake and pull the column shift into drive.
There was an 18-month-old baby in the back in a car seat. The officer waited for mom, the owner of the mini-van, and gave her the appropriate advice and caution before sending her on her way.
Thankfully the little guy didn't hit the gas or who knows what could have happened.
What specifically caught my attention about this was that some of the readers were commenting that CAS (I'm guessing like Child Protective Services?) should have been called, or that the police officer should have arrested the woman for child endangerment, et cetera.
So debate questions:
1. Specifically in regards to this case and cases like it, do you think that leaving your kids in the car and your car running while you run in somewhere should be considered "child endangerment" or is otherwise "dangerous."
2. More in general - do you think that society is too quick to blame parents for simple, unforseen accidents, or do you think that it's justified to hold parents accountable for anything that may befall their children?
As I told the poster who brought this article to my attention, there is nothing like a good old fashioned kids-left-in-the-car debate to get the blood pumping. LOL!