In Macedonia, Ohio, 8-month-old Jayce Markell Benjamin was being shuttled to daycare with 3 other children. According to police, the unnamed parent or guardian left the baby behind when dropping off the kids. Then the child’s grandmother got a hold of the vehicle and didn’t realize he was in the third row of seats as she drove the SUV to work. He ended up spending the day sitting in the car in the Walmart parking lot, and was found dead 9 hours later.
A common reaction to cases like this is: How could you possibly forget your baby in the car? The answer is that it’s a lot easier than you might think, and it happens to otherwise good parents, including people just like you. Our brains simply weren’t designed to juggle a dozen things at once as is often required in modern society. When someone has too many things on their mind, it’s easy for a sleeping baby to get dropped from this mental juggling act and go undetected until it’s too late. It’s those very things that we do on a daily basis which are most likely to slip our memory, because we confuse them with the day before, and the day before that.
There are a few simple things you can do to guard against this. Check out these safety tips to avoid accidentally leaving child in a car. It also helps if all of us keep our eye’s peeled. If you see an unattended child in a car for any reason, don’t assume that his or her guardians know that he or she is there.