Actually, the difference between negligent homicide and murder in these sort of cases would be purposely leaving your child in the car (negligent homicide) with every intention of coming back to get them but not getting back out in time and purposely leaving the child outside knowing that the child would die that way (murder), which is why the guy in Georgia is being charged with murder, not negligent homicide, because they don't believe that he simply forgot his son or left him out in the car on purpose thinking he would be fine til he got back out there.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
And the child's parents will suffer for the rest of their lives. How do you live every day of the rest of your life with the knowledge that you were responsible for the death of your child?
Earlier in the thread, I posted a link to a very thoughtful Washington Post article that details a few cases and will provide it again despite my cynical expectation that it won't be read: Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? - The Washington Post
Most people, thank heavens, have no first-hand knowledge of living with the death of a child. This is such a "but for the grace of God" blessing. Whether that child died of natural causes or by his own hand or by misadventure, people are so eager to pass judgment. I'm glad that juries aren't so eager to punish.
You should be able to just disable the passenger side airbag and put the car seat up there. Regulators often dwell on the wrong kind of risk.
Last edited by Neomalthusian; 06-07-15 at 01:00 PM.
Cases like this are far too common.
And as Helix noted, they parent will live with this till they die.
Todayís parent has more on the go than my parents did.
Ever hear of a family on a trip, thinking all the kids were in the car only to find out 60 miles later 1 was not?
The parents will most likely end up divorcing over this.
My heart goes out to them.
Perhaps you should consider the parents who knowingly leave their children in a car then out they go for a few minutes, only to return to find the car stolen, or the child missing.
It was not the fatherís normal day to drop off at day care.
He went to work, as per his routine and forgot the child was in the car.
Yes, the child died.
I've also seen an occasional local cases involving drugs and/or alcohol - but I live on the edge of a large city that has it's share of social problems, and I'm not claiming nor blaming this latter scenario as predominate.
Here it is in case you wish to.
Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? - The Washington Post