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Leaving a child in a hot car is often not a case of neglect, but a gut-wrenching mistake made by distracted parents. That was the case when Kristie and Brett Reeves lost their 1-year-old daughter after Brett Reeves forgot to drop her off at day care and instead headed straight to work. It was three hours later when they realized the horrible mistake. Ray Ray died at a near by children's hospital. Now they're trying to prevent more deaths with Ray Ray's Pledge.

The pledge is two parts, where the parents pledge to always keep caregivers informed of any lateness or absences of their children and teachers return the favor, contacting parents over unexplained absences. Since one in five children swelter to death after being forgotten about on the way to daycare keeping such a pledge could mean life or death for some children.

After the tragedy, the Reeves found out they were not alone. On average, 38 children die every year after being left in cars, and in most cases it's a parent's forgetfulness, and not negligence, which factors into a child being left in a car. This year is on pace to be one of the worst for child deaths since 2010 when 49 children died in hot cars. Read more about how to protect your children here.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      What a nightmare. I'm absent-minded as all get-out and could easily do that. I like the tip that you should routinely (whether the kid is with you or not) leave your wallet, laptop bag, purse, etc in the back so you have go to retrieve it after parking at your destination, and thus notice and are reminded of the kid That way you can't just grab your stuff from the front passenger seat beside you and run off, leaving the kid forgotten behind.
        • 1 Year Ago
        So... you're saying that the kid is less on your mind than your laptop and you're less likely to forget that than a baby? Surely that's not what you truly meant... Think before you type...
      Ellen Anderson
      • 1 Year Ago
      These are the last people who should be trying to be spokespeople for safe parenting. While I understand they are grieving and feeling guilty and always will ... I think they deserve every bit of discomfort coming from those emotions. They should have been prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter. Even if it is remotely understandable that a mother would "forget" to drop her baby off at day care, it is NOT understandable at all that she never thought about that child even once during her workday .... because if she had, she would surely have remembered not taking her into the facility that day.
      • 1 Year Ago
      these parents should be charged with murder! this is disgusting n makes me ball my eyes out how can you leave your child in the back seat! im sorry alot of the arguments here saying that it wasnt there fault you go rot in hell. it was a daily routine of dropping there child off to day care after a 1 year off doing it how the hell do you suddenly forget you have a baby and need to drop her/him off in daycare! the fact there not behind bars is beyond ****** up
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry but how do you forget you have a child in your car?????
      • 1 Year Ago
      How in the world is it that these parents, or at least the father who "forgot" the baby in the car, are not in jail. They would be in my state! It is criminal neglect and child endangerment, even on a cold day. I love the way she rambles around with carefully chosen words when explaining how they woke up late for unexplainable reasons, he turned the wrong way for unknown reasons...let me translate. They were up/out late the night before drinking and slept through their alarm. Rushed around in a hangover daze, and half asleep or otherwise fuzzy, Dad "forgot" (?!) his toddler daughter was in the car with him. Until lunchtime. Couldn't remember IF he dropped her off at day care? This is what happens when people put too much on their plate, too much focus on themselves, and their school or career, and don't make that new member of their family important enough. They just aren't aware of them, obviously. My daughter drops her son, about the same age, off at daycare on her way to work as well, and there is no way she could ever "forget" he was in the car with her! The neglect of these parents caused the death of this child, and there needs to be serious consequences under the law for them.
        David Amaya
        • 1 Year Ago
        I want to complain about your comment... but since you are correct I will fave you instead!!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give every far knocker that leaves a child to die in a car; no matter what the excuse they may have a LIFE SENTENCE IN A FEDERAL PRISON. Go to jail, straight to jail do not pass go. Automatic life in prison. Publicize every time/conviction that it happened nationwide and hopefully people would check there cars. But all of you are right the stupid ones still won’t.
      • 1 Year Ago
      In regard to blame, the father forgot the child, so they say. Okay, um, but didn't the good mommy ASK the good daddy how the baby was when he dropped her off at her daycare/babysitter? Duh!!! and the idiot woman..if she really did give a rat's tail, would have divorced the child murdering spouse and pushed to have him put in jail for negligent homicide and child endangerment. But no, let's act like they are sooooooooo distraught, and then they want to push legislation (get their faces out there and be famous if possible, be on talk shows and make tons of money for appearances by flaunting their daughter's death) and act like they aren't murderers, but actually victims!!!! They caused this atrocity!!!! Him, her, them......
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe people keep getting away with this! Come on, don't you ever glance in your back seat when you are going down the road! With no laws against this, it is just an easy way for people to get away with murder!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      • 1 Year Ago
      Whereas, like MANY already have stated, this is a TRAGEDY, and I can't imagine living with the gut wretching GUILT that this father has to live with the rest of his life, why the HELL should it be the caregivers or anyone elses responsiblity to keep tabs on YOUR child when they aren't in their care? This is this family's attempt to "make something good" come out of their shere irresponsibility of taking care of their child. It angers me that our cell phones or personal items mean more to us than our children! RIDICULOUS!
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is needed is a long flexible bracelet type band that connects to the baby car seat and the driver...something that will give in an accident, but allows movement when driving...maybe attaches like a clip to the skirt, collar sleeve, wrist ..etc., so that it is already attached to the car seat, but clips onto you when you get in the car...like the seat belt..maybe attached to your seat belt...so there is no forgetting when you get out of the car... would be a great selling devise on baby car seats for tired busy parents.
        • 1 Year Ago
        You know they'll forget the bracelet.
        • 1 Year Ago
        What are you snorting?
          • 1 Year Ago
          Unlike you...I do not snort...What a stupid habit and thing to do...pick your nose tas well then do you? Oh I see...the dog icon...certainly not your bottom..I'll let my Siberian Husky dogs do that.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Forgetfulness" is not negligence?? Another part of our "not responsible for my own life" LIBERAL IDIOT THINKINING. OK- I "forgot" to pay my taxes. I "forgot" to watch my son in the pool...stupid crap.
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