Mom Arrested After Baby Saved From Hot Car
Leave a shoe as a reminder, safety groups urge
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2014 1:39 AM CDT
Updated Jul 3, 2014 3:33 AM CDT
Gloria Elzy, 44, has been charged with cruelty to juveniles.   (Slidell Police Department)

(Newser) – A 5-week-old baby in Slidell, La., is only alive today because somebody noticed the child in the backseat of a car outside a strip mall Monday afternoon and called 911, police say. A police officer used a device to unlock the vehicle and rescue the unconscious infant, who was sweating profusely after spending more than half an hour inside the car, where the temperature was around 130 degrees, the AP reports. The baby made a full recovery in the hospital and the mother is in custody on a charge of second-degree cruelty to juveniles. Police say the mother forgot the infant in the back seat after dropping off her other child and was in "complete shock" when she realized what had happened.

"With all the media attention on this type of issue, it's mind-boggling to me that someone can leave—better yet, forget—about a child inside of a vehicle," a police spokesman tells the Times-Picayune. If the citizen hadn't called police immediately and the officer hadn't acted quickly, "the baby would not have survived," he says. "They are both heroes in my book." At least 13 children have died in hot cars so far this year—including 22-month-old Cooper Harris, whose father has been charged with murder—and safety experts say many such deaths occur when a parent is distracted or breaks their routine, USA Today finds. They urge parents who drive with a young child in the back seat to adopt a simple, failsafe reminder system: leaving their left shoe in the back seat as well.

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Jul 5, 2014 2:28 AM CDT
They need to pass some very stiff prison sentence laws that will help people remember. No one or pet should be left alone in a car unattended at any time . This nonsense would soon stop. If these people feel they want their freedom back or they have too many mouths to feed, try putting these precious kids up for adoption. I find it totally unbelievable that this many people cant remember a child right behind them.
Den Christe
Jul 4, 2014 6:28 PM CDT
wholly krap..imagine wakin up ever morning and looking st sumthin like that....cut me own throat i would
Tom Doland
Jul 3, 2014 3:45 PM CDT
I don't get why this happens over and over again. To say that someone forgets that there is a fragile life that needs to be cared for because that person diverted from his or her routine is incomprehensible. What gets me is that she was able to drop off her other child without complication. I truly believe she meant the child no harm, but that her desire to fulfill her own needs overrode her instinct to care for her own child. When I became a parent I had read stories such as these that I believe I became a bit paranoid that I would leave him in the car that I would check the backseat, even when I knew for a fact that he was not with me.