Look twice before you lock

Your car beeps if you leave a door open. It beeps if you try to lock it with the keys in the car. Why has it taken so long to beep if you have left something – or more importantly someone, in the back seat?

On Friday, June 26, 2020, a 40-year-old woman was charged with failing to provide the necessities of life after a one-month old baby was left in a hot vehicle at a plaza parking lot on Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil Ontario around 12:50 p.m. According to Environment Canada, the outside temperature at the time was 25 C.

There is no excuse or justification for this – including COVID-19. An actual question posed to an expert – ‘I’m a single parent and I know under normal circumstances it is never OK to leave your child alone in a car. But I was wondering, now with the threat of coronavirus, is it ok for my child to wait in the car while I run into the pharmacy or grocery store to pick up a few things?’

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