Seven Children Left in a Hot Car in Maryland

Amari Stewart, Contributor

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Very recently, a very serious incident happened in Maryland.  A Maryland woman left seven children under the age of four in a hot car while she went shopping inside of a mall. The oldest child in the car took it upon himself to call 911 and advocate for himself and the other six children.  

The police were unable to locate the vehicle at first because the four-year-old was unable to give the vehicles exact location. Charles County Sheriff’s Office said, “Through GPS and other mechanisms, the call-taker was able to pinpoint the location of the vehicle.” When officers arrived, they found the car completely shut off and all windows rolled up. The County EMS and firefighters provided on scene treatment for all seven kids. 

The kids were described as “sweaty and scared.” The mother who had left the children in the vehicle was the mother of two of the children and was babysitting the five children. She came out of the mall and approached the vehicle about 10 minutes after police and officers determined she had been shopping inside a nearby mall for at least 20 minutes.  

There was only one child safe car seat in the vehicle as well; this mother was charged with confinement of children inside a motor vehicle and additional charges are pending, the sheriff’s office said. 

The Sheriff of Charles County said, “as a reminder, it is against the law to leave a child under the age of eight unattended inside a motor vehicle if the caregiver is out of sight of the child unless a reliable person at least 13-year-old remains with the child, It is also dangerous to leave anyone, including pets, inside a motor vehicle especially as outside temperatures become warmer. The temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to extremely high and even fatal levels in a short period of time.” 

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