A Yorktown woman who police said left a 4-month-old infant alone in a vehicle while she went into a store has revived the age-old debate about the dangers of children being left alone in vehicles, especially in the summer.
Most readers said that leaving a child alone in a vehicle for any length of time is unacceptable.
Are you kidding me? This was a 4-month-old child left in a closed-up car. Anybody could have broken into that car and taken this baby, the car could have caught fire, the baby could have gotten too hot and stopped breathing,
one reader wrote. Another added:
I don’t understand how a mother can forget her baby in the car.
Several readers sympathized with the mother, but still noted her actions were not right:
Don’t get me wrong I know how difficult it is to run into the store for just one or two things but you have to take them with you. They are yours for life.
Another person wrote:
It’s a very dumb move – and something I work hard to make sure I never do with my kids. It is amazing how distracting a young child, or three, can be, in case you don’t have any of your own.
However, a few posters took a different view.
Why don’t people mind their own business?
one reader questioned, while another continued:
Why was this a common occurrance that no one thought twice about back in the 70’s & 80’s when I was a kid and today it’s considered such a horrible crime? I can see if it were sunny and 85 degrees out, but it’s been 65 and raining every day this month. The kid was not in any danger. People need to stop being so uptight and mind their own business.