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Last night I had a dream that I was a guest on some sort of game show and I looked to my left and saw Sonia Sotomayor sitting beside me. Why the hell we were on a game show together, I don't know. But we were. Rather than play whatever game we were on, I asked her about the Hobby Lobby decision, and she and I had a good rant. The dream was oddly cathartic.

In other news, someone in Georgia left his son to die in a car, and there's a pile of evidence that makes it look like he and his wife did it deliberately. Now, as someone with a complex week schedule I can get how it could happen accidentally. On Mondays and Weds, my dad comes to watch the kids and I leave the house kid free. On Tues and Thurs, I have to drop them off at daycare. Once or twice as I was driving I'd look in the backseat and see B there and realize I'd forgotten to drop him off and immediately turn around. I've never gotten as far as work but I could see how it could happen, and it's terrifying.

Note, I always leave my purse with my cell phone in the backseat with my kids. It started because I didn't want to be tempted to use the phone while driving in front of them (you know, model a good example). But after reading about several cases where people accidentally left there kids in the car, it served a dual purpose. I always carry my purse with me and would notice quickly if I left it in the van, especially with my phone being in it.

Which is the thing, I know the parents are claiming they were researching car deaths because they were scared of it happening, but when I've researched it most articles have tips on how to prevent it from happening that are fairly simple to enact, like the one I mentioned.

I also have a hard time believing that he got food from a drive through five minutes before for him and his son and then forgot him in that time span. If I stop anywhere to get food from the drive through, I'm very aware of B in the backseat.

On Thursday I go out for lunch and usually leave my drink in the car while I take a quick walk after getting back. Once finished with the walk, I'll grab my drink and go into my office. As I grabbed my drink, I noticed it was impossible to not observe the middle seat and behind the driver's seat, though behind the passenger seat there is a blind spot. Considering most people with one child put the car seat in the middle because it's the safest place, I'd have a hard time believing the father went to the car at lunch and didn't see his son back there.

On a note of interest, with a newborn we get plenty of junk mail to get her on life insurance. Andy and I have always found life insurance policies ridiculous for children. Every time we get one I mention how getting a life insurance policy on one's children is a major red flag should they die, and with my morbid fascination with murder cases, I'll list off a few parents who were convicted of murdering their children for the life insurance policies. Sure enough, these parents had one...

All that, baking in a hot car is a horrific way to die, and that someone might have done it deliberately to their child is just incomprehensible.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 6th, 2014 07:23 am (UTC)
Dear Lord. It's hard to comprehend that anyone could deliberately kill a child in such a slow, torturous way. If they're found guilty of doing it on purpose, I hope they're buried under the jail.

As for the "baby life insurance" thing....there are some legitimate reasons for getting it
a) if the kid gets one as a healthy baby, s/he wont have to worry about being denied a policy should they develop an illness in adulthood that makes getting life insurance difficult or impossible.
b) some policies allow the kid to cash in the policy once they turn 18 if they want to. So it can also be a nest egg for them

That said....I can see how it would be tempting to evil parents who want to cash in on their children. So I really hope that parents have to jump through some MAJOR hoops to get approved for a baby life insurance policy!
Jul. 6th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
I guess I can see reason a) if there's a history of illness in the family. Heck, I have a friend and it seems as if everyone in her family is a cancer survivor so it'd probably be a good investment in her case. As for reason b), that's what savings accounts are for. Not sure how hard/easy it is to get a policy, though a financial check should probably be in order. People in poor financial straights tend not to save or get life insurance policies unless they're expecting a payout.
Jul. 6th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Some people don't deserve to have children.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 7th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
No kidding.
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