It has been a bad couple of days for people forgetting their children in their cars, but one little tike was saved by a Good Samaritan.
A two-year-old boy was found safe in a stranger's care after he went missing from a car parked outside a Dallas bar. It was 2 a.m. on Sunday morning when the boy's mother drove to the Sanchez Restaurant And Bar to confront her estranged husband.
Diana Salinas hid in the bed of her husband's pickup truck when he left the bar, police said. Hours later, she remembered she had left her son behind and asked a friend to check on him. When the friend did, the boys was not in the car.
Earlier, a passer-by noticed the child in the vehicle. After waiting 40 minutes for someone to claim him, she took the boy to their apartment about 100 yards away, where he slept, according to NBC News.
There was ultimately a safe outcome in this case, but others are not as fortunate. The passer-by could have been someone with less-noble intent. And while this incident took place at night, an alarming number of children are being left in hot cars during the day.
Here are some other babies-left-in-cars stories from the past few days:
* A mother in Alexandria, Va., has been arrested after her 8-month-old baby died in a hot car Friday afternoon. Police say they believe Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, 32, of Alexandria didn't intentionally leave her baby in the car when she went to work. She realized he'd been left in his car seat when she arrived at daycare to pick up her other child. She drove him immediately to the hospital, but hospital workers couldn't revive the child.
* Near Baltimore, a relative forgot to drop a 16-month-old baby off at daycare and then went inside for a nap. He didn't realize his mistake until he went to daycare to pick the baby up. She had died of cardiac arrest, rescue workers said. No charges were filed.
* A Wisconsin couple are charged with child endangerment after they left their infant in a car parked outside a sex shop. The couple, Michael Cegers, 18, and Jessica Hurley Smith, 20, said they left the baby in the car after seeing signs on the store that said children under 18 were not allowed inside. Passersby saw the baby crying and "sweating profusely."
Experts say many cases of babies left in cars happen when the adult in charge has a change in routine, and forgets the child is in the back seat. One way to remind yourself about the baby is to always leave something in the back seat that you'll need when you get home -- your purse, computer bag, or something else you always carry with you.
It's also a good idea to ask your daycare center to call you if your child isn't dropped off at daycare in the morning.