A toddler has died after his father absent-mindedly left the child in the hot backseat of a car for EIGHT HOURS of the work day.
The Atlanta man accidentally left his 22-month-old in the locked vehicle that authorities claim could have reached 130-140 degrees (in 90 degree weather).
The man intended to leave the child at daycare at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. However, he forgot to do so and forgot the child was in the back and so drove right to work instead. Leaving the child in the car the whole day, presumably with all the windows up during the heat.
At the close of his work day, the man began to drive home and finally noticed the unresponsive toddler still strapped in his car seat. The father parked across two lanes of traffic in the Akers Mill Square shopping mall parking lot, and attempted to resuscitate the child. He unstrapped the child and performed CPR with the baby laying on the ground, but to no avail, the child was already dead.
Eyewitnesses who tried to help reportedly heard the man say “What have I done? What have I done?” over and over. He became so hysterical with grief, by the time police arrived at the scene, the man had to be restrained.
“It is tough, I am not sure how someone could forget they have a child in the backseat,” onlooker Dale Hamilton said.
Adding, “He hopped out of his car. I didn’t know what he was doing at the time. But, he eventually pulled the child out of the car seat. I guess he was trying to un-restrain him. He pulled him out of the car seat, laid him on the ground and was trying to resuscitate him.”
The father has been questioned by the Cobb County Police Department, and although no charges have been filed yet he may face involuntary manslaughter charges.