Sounds like common sense, police remind parents not to leave children in hot cars
Every year, dozens of kids die from being left in hot cars during these dangerously high temperatures. And even if you think it's something you, as a parent could never do, a few things to remember could save a life.
"It's heartbreaking," said Sarah Fuller, a mother.
The first-time mom is still gushing over her six-month old Maylie. Among the many changes in her life, she said the most important one is always checking the back seat.
"Anytime that I take her as I get out I look in the backseat even though I know I've already taken her," said Fuller.
A major problem is when parents change routines and one forgets they have the child. Fuller usually takes Maylie to daycare.
"Whenever he takes her I always send him text messages just to remind him," she said.
Since 1998, 582 children have died of heatstrokes after being left in cars. Half of parents didn't take these precautions and simply forgot their kids in the car.
"It seems every summer we respond to these calls," said Sgt. Brian Dedrick, spokesperson for the North Little Rock Police Department.
But the parents aren't always guilty of a tragic mistake, some are guilty of a crime. In June a father in Pine Bluff intentionally left his baby locked in the car. And just a couple of weeks ago a mother and father went shopping and also left their one-year-old in the car. A stranger called police in both incidents.
"What sometimes some people think is just a few minutes is a lot longer than that," said Dedrick. "Not to mention, you should never leave a child in a car."