Grandparents’ nightmare is a shocking reminder for us all 56



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Kyle and Meta Hendershot were babysitting their 11-month-old grandson on Saturday when the unthinkable happened.

They were in the church with members of their family when the boy’s mother asked them where her son was… he had been left in the car.

It looks at this stage to have been accidental. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson told CNN it was at that moment “the grandparents realised that the child wasn’t [in the church],” Wilson said. Temperatures in the area in Georgia, USA, hit 32 degrees but in car with no ventilation, temperatures can soar up to 80 degrees in as little as 15 minutes, the sheriff said.

The family is blaming a “lack of communication,” saying the relatives believed one of the others in the car had brought the child in and put him to sleep, reports TIME.

Sadly, little Jaxon was not the first child to die in a hot car this year, but with more reminders to double and triple check your grandchild’s whereabouts, we can reduce that number to zero.

Leaving children unattended in the car, even for a short time, can be fatal and this terrible story has shown that you can NEVER leave children in the backseat.

Children do not tolerate heat as well as adults because their bodies generate more heat than an adult’s. Children also lose more fluids than adults and can become dehydrated in a matter of minutes.

KidSafe WA gave these tips for driving with your grandchildren:

  • If you have to leave the car, even to run a quick errand; take the children with you.
  • Do not use the car as a ‘baby-sitter’ substitute.

Between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, Ambulance Victoria paramedics rescued 1,165 children who had been left unattended in a car… and that’s just in Victoria.

In the past, there have been other tragic circumstances where a parent absentmindedly left the child in the car, thinking they had dropped them at daycare when in fact they were in the backseat the whole day. It’s that auto-pilot mode we can sometimes go into that can put our young ones at risk.

So let’s remember today that next time we have our grandchildren with us that we don’t just assume they’ll be taken out of the car and we can walk away. Let’s double and triple check the seat. Let’s take them out of their seat when we need to run a quick errand – it could save a life.


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  1. I can’t for the life of me understand how anyone could forget a child in a car. As a grandparent if I have my grandies in the car I am paranoid about their safety when driving with me, I could never forget they were there with me.

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    • I totally agree with you. I do not get how you forget a child or a pet especially in a car on a hot day. Am I being unfair? I dont think so. Its plain stupidity.

    • Me either I watch my granddaughter all the time if she is in the car we chatter like 2 old hens when I stop the car she says yeh can I get out now!! If she is sleeping there is no stopping anywhere it’s straight home!!! Out the car and into bed!!!

  2. Tragic. With these new cars I can understand how it can happen accidently. A lot of new cars automatically lock themselves when you can out and shut the door. Sounds silly but I have been locked in a car when I did not get out quickly enough. Luckily I am an adult and knew how to unlock from the inside.

  3. Forgetting just doesn’t cut it with me….how anyone could forget a child was in the car with them is unforgivable. They should be treated as criminals….

  4. The first thing I do when I get out of car is to get the Grandchildren out. I could never leave them in car. Probably in to big a hurry to get to Church. God didn’t help you this time.

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    • God has nothing to do with ! This family was remiss. There must have been someone sitting in the back with the baby. As there were several family members in the church?

  5. OMG don’t judge this is very easy to happen when you are not used to having the little one, or are distracted as you get out and the child is asleep. I have never done this but is is very quiet when they fall asleep and I can understand how it can happen.

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    • I agree with you. It’s nor something I have ever done but I can understand it happening. I would never say I would never do it but I certainly hope I never do.

  6. I suppose it could happen but just seem so unbelievable and so tragic.l cannot for the life of me know how many or any left in cars too busy for their children .

  7. I am a grandparent and have the children regularly and I don’t get how that could happen I agree with Trish. To be sitting in the church obviously for a lengthy period and not see him is negligence. Maybe they thought oh well he is asleep ! And now are. Laming someone else that’s crazy what a horrible death

  8. I have had kids around me for over 40 years and never have i once “forgotten ” them in the car or anywhere else for that matter . I just find it unbelievable that anyone can do this .

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