Posted on June 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Mother Darla Terrick read about the tragic death of a Florida infant who died Tuesday when her father forgot she was still inside his truck. Brevard County authorities say the child had been locked in the truck for at least a couple of hours.
"Oh, extreme sadness for somebody that young to lose his life and the guilt that the father must feel," Terrick said.
Last year 44 children died across the country as a result of being left inside a vehicle, according to KidsAndCars.org.
Here in Charlotte, Medic says that children being locked in cars is very rare, but it does happen every summer.
"In temps like we have this week it only takes minutes to get the temperature in the car up to a dangerous level,” paramedic Brian Shimberg said. "Up to 52 percent of deaths last year from children left in cars were children simply forgotten by a parent."
Shimberg's advice to parents includes leaving something in the back seat close to the car seat like a purse, or work item to help parents remember. He also recommends that everyone become more aware that this can, and does happen. Shimberg himself will glance into windows to check for children out of habit no matter where he goes.
For Darla Terrick the chance to save a baby's life is worth it. "It's a great idea, for you to be aware."