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Baby dies after being left in car at El Cerrito BART station

There are 70 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Jun 8, 2009, titled Baby dies after being left in car at El Cerrito BART station. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

A 4-month-old boy died Monday after being left inside his father's car for hours at a BART parking lot, a BART spokesman said.

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parent

Oakland, CA

#1 Jun 9, 2009
Another baby left in a car to die. So sad. Being a parent myself, I don't understand how people forget they have a baby in the car. If a baby is in the car, you had to put him/her in a car seat and strap them in, so how do you forget that you did that? This is hard for me to comprehend.
Glad I got out

San Jose, CA

#3 Jun 9, 2009
How in the world does a parent "forget" they have a child in the car with them????
So Sad

Dublin, CA

#4 Jun 9, 2009
I am wondering why the day care provider didn't call the parents to ask why the child wasn't coming to daycare. Perhaps this could have saved the child's life.
Joyce

Los Altos, CA

#5 Jun 9, 2009
So Sad wrote:
I am wondering why the day care provider didn't call the parents to ask why the child wasn't coming to daycare. Perhaps this could have saved the child's life.
I was wondering the same thing (although, legislators- don't try to make it a LAW that daycare workers have to call the parents). But even more so, why didn't the mom call to see how her child was doing that day. I know I would take a few minutes from a busy workday, to make a quick call and check on my infant. Maybe daycare providers wouldn't like having to receive calls from parents, but it sure would've made a difference in this case.
Anonymous

Fairfield, CA

#6 Jun 9, 2009
The daddy's mind was obviously on trying to get to work ontime, and forgot about the baby. It's easy to see a solution, so simple. The daddy must have put his briefcase on the front seat and not on the back seat where the baby was. If he had his briefcase on the back seat, he would have been forced to go back there and would have seen the baby still in the car.
Perfect

Azusa, CA

#7 Jun 9, 2009
It's amazing what people have to say...until something they've criticized others for HAPPENS TO THEM. The answer is simple, HE FORGOT BECAUSE HE'S HUMAN. There are times when you have an errand list of things to do after work, and you end up in your drive way. Some people out of habit have a one track mind.

“The Lord has truly blessed me.”

Since: Jul 08

Lafayette, California

#8 Jun 9, 2009
My prayers go out to the parents. Poor baby, what a horrible death!
Care provider

Vallejo, CA

#9 Jun 9, 2009
Joyce wrote:
<quoted text>I was wondering the same thing (although, legislators- don't try to make it a LAW that daycare workers have to call the parents). But even more so, why didn't the mom call to see how her child was doing that day. I know I would take a few minutes from a busy workday, to make a quick call and check on my infant. Maybe daycare providers wouldn't like having to receive calls from parents, but it sure would've made a difference in this case.
Where we work, we do call, but sometimes when you are busy working with the children there is not a moment when you can call as soon as you would like. If the parent does not call in to alert us of an absence that morning, we make it a priority to call as soon as possible. But it should become mandatory. This was tragic. WHERE IS THE FATHER NOW???
Care provider

Vallejo, CA

#10 Jun 9, 2009
Perfect wrote:
It's amazing what people have to say...until something they've criticized others for HAPPENS TO THEM. The answer is simple, HE FORGOT BECAUSE HE'S HUMAN. There are times when you have an errand list of things to do after work, and you end up in your drive way. Some people out of habit have a one track mind.
NOT AN EXCUSE. This HUMAN forgot his own HUMAN INFANT SON. This was a child, he had a routine of dropping the infant off. Where is he now, why have we not heard where the father is???
daddy

Vallejo, CA

#11 Jun 9, 2009
someone please provide this idiot with a pistol so he can rid us of his stupidity! i agree with care provider and lord knows all we need is more acts of violence but there are reasons for punishments like this and well if i were the judge and i am not but common man as a father myself he makes me sick! send him to texas and let them fry his butt! lethal injection aint good enough!(sarcastically speaking!)
thank_god

United States

#12 Jun 9, 2009
daddy wrote:
someone please provide this idiot with a pistol so he can rid us of his stupidity! i agree with care provider and lord knows all we need is more acts of violence but there are reasons for punishments like this and well if i were the judge and i am not but common man as a father myself he makes me sick! send him to texas and let them fry his butt! lethal injection aint good enough!(sarcastically speaking!)
Thank god you are not in a position to judge others...cuz you would make some very horrible judgements.
parent 2

Oakland, CA

#13 Jun 9, 2009
Anonymous wrote:
The daddy's mind was obviously on trying to get to work ontime, and forgot about the baby. It's easy to see a solution, so simple. The daddy must have put his briefcase on the front seat and not on the back seat where the baby was. If he had his briefcase on the back seat, he would have been forced to go back there and would have seen the baby still in the car.
Why do you need a briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that a baby is back there? A briefcase shouldn't force you to have to look in the back seat, however, a baby should force you to do so. I feel very sad for this family, but at the same time I don't understand how someone forgets about their baby.
wpr

Oakland, CA

#14 Jun 9, 2009
Perfect wrote:
It's amazing what people have to say...until something they've criticized others for HAPPENS TO THEM. The answer is simple, HE FORGOT BECAUSE HE'S HUMAN. There are times when you have an errand list of things to do after work, and you end up in your drive way. Some people out of habit have a one track mind.
Forgetting to pick up something while out running errands is completely different than leaving a baby in a car all day. It's normal to be forgetful when it comes to "things and stuff", but babies don't fall into that category. The story is just tragic and the family will pay for the rest of their lives for the mistake. It's very unfortunate and they've got some tough times a head of them.
Stephanie

United States

#15 Jun 9, 2009
What a heartbreaking story!! It's so easy to sit at your computer and judge people, but you don't know what this guy was thinking about - maybe he's losing his house, maybe his company is downsizing and he's worried he may be one of the ones let go, maybe he's helping to take care of a sick relative...the list goes on. It doesn't excuse his mistake, but come on people, I think he'll deal with heartwrenching guilt for the rest of his life. He wasn't one of the sickos who go out of their way to torture/rape/abuse little kids - those are the people that deserve so much worse than our criminal justice system can ever allow for.
This issue is more common than you think and it's sad but it was an accident, and yes, it's part of being HUMAN!!
get real

San Francisco, CA

#16 Jun 9, 2009
Stephanie wrote:
What a heartbreaking story!! It's so easy to sit at your computer and judge people, but you don't know what this guy was thinking about - maybe he's losing his house, maybe his company is downsizing and he's worried he may be one of the ones let go, maybe he's helping to take care of a sick relative...the list goes on. It doesn't excuse his mistake, but come on people, I think he'll deal with heartwrenching guilt for the rest of his life. He wasn't one of the sickos who go out of their way to torture/rape/abuse little kids - those are the people that deserve so much worse than our criminal justice system can ever allow for.
This issue is more common than you think and it's sad but it was an accident, and yes, it's part of being HUMAN!!
That baby depended on his parents to take care of him. Yes he may have had a lot on his mind but priority 1 is the care and welfare of his child.

Maybe this guy is a stupid moron that had no business in being a parent.

We don't know what actually happened until all the facts come out.
CHRISsy

Vallejo, CA

#17 Jun 9, 2009
I AM SADDENED BY THIS STORY AND HOW OFTEN THIS HAPPENS...REALLY..I CANT IMAGINE IT....
Compassion

Petaluma, CA

#18 Jun 9, 2009
The parents now have to live with this tragedy. It will haunt them for life. I am sure of this. It truly is a sad situation, one that none of us would want to be a part of. My prayers will be for them.
Pleasanton Lady

Alameda, CA

#19 Jun 9, 2009
There is no punishment that the law can give him then is a worse or more servere then how he is punishing himself. My prayers are with that poor baby and his poor parents.
Praying Proud Proud

San Francisco, CA

#20 Jun 9, 2009
parent wrote:
Another baby left in a car to die. So sad. Being a parent myself, I don't understand how people forget they have a baby in the car. If a baby is in the car, you had to put him/her in a car seat and strap them in, so how do you forget that you did that? This is hard for me to comprehend.
You took the words out of my mouth. I can't understand it either. That is so insane and beyond me. My heart goes out to the mom and other family. I don't know I can say the same for the dad. What he did is so stupid!!!!!! Any idiot that "forgets" about their child, must not have enough love or prioritize their own children.
daddy

Vallejo, CA

#21 Jun 9, 2009
thank_god wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank god you are not in a position to judge others...cuz you would make some very horrible judgements.


>shut up! and have a nice day! oh btw can i put your behind in a car seat and park u in barts parkin lot and leave u all day!? how would u feel jerk!

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