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Toddler Dies in Hot Car After Day Care Mix-up

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Ktla: A 2-year-old girl is dead after she was left inside a car for close to 7 hours Wednesday.

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The girl's mother, Sarenity Morse, says a friend was supposed to drop the young girl and two other children off at the Tender Care Daycare Wednesday morning.

"She just did what she's used to, got her two boys out, wasn't used to Atrinity being with her in the morning and she forgot her," says Morse.

The family says the friend then drove to work at another daycare in Meeker, not realizing that the young girl was still in the back seat.

Atrinity's mother also works at that daycare.

Around 3:30 p.m., the two of them drove back to the Tender Care Daycare to pick up their kids.

When the daycare told them the 2-year-old was not there, they went back out to the mini-van and found Atrinity in the back seat.

The family says paramedics were unable to revive the young girl.

Meeker Police are investigating the child's death.

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10 comments so far | Post a comment now
WTF May 28, 2010, 6:40 AM

okay so the whole time she drove to work the lil girl did not make a sound she didnt talk cry ect this does not make sense … how can you miss another child in your car what does she car does she drive??


there is something else missing in this story like maybe DRUGS ???

WTF May 28, 2010, 6:41 AM

okay so the whole time she drove to work the lil girl did not make a sound she didnt talk cry ect this does not make sense … how can you miss another child in your car what does she car does she drive??


there is something else missing in this story like maybe DRUGS ???

WTF May 28, 2010, 6:41 AM

okay so the whole time she drove to work the lil girl did not make a sound she didnt talk cry ect this does not make sense … how can you miss another child in your car what does she car does she drive??


there is something else missing in this story like maybe DRUGS ???

Not WTF May 28, 2010, 7:10 AM

This is so sad… and it tragically happens more than you think. There was a great Washington Post Magazine story a couple years ago about it. The bottom line is that if you’ve ever forgotten your cell phone or your sunglasses, you’re capable of forgetting a child in the backseat. Particularly when the drop off/pick up/whatever is out of your ordinary routine.

Some ways to make sure it doesn’t happen to you:

-leave your purse/briefcase/bag in the backseat so that you have to go back there when you get out of the car.

-have an agreement with your daycare that they will call you if your child is 20 minutes late

Not WTF... it happens. May 28, 2010, 7:12 AM

This is so sad… and it tragically happens more than you think. My heart goes out to the families involved.

There was a great Washington Post Magazine story a couple years ago about it. The bottom line is that if you’ve ever forgotten your cell phone or your sunglasses, you’re capable of forgetting a child in the backseat. Particularly when the drop off/pick up/whatever is out of your ordinary routine.

Some ways to make sure it doesn’t happen to you:

-leave your purse/briefcase/bag in the backseat so that you have to go back there when you get out of the car.
-have an agreement with your daycare that they will call you if your child is 20 minutes late

Vzy4kat6387 May 30, 2010, 3:47 PM

It is sad that it happens, and it happens often more then anyone can count .. but it isn’t any excuse to forget somebody else’s child in your van all because your not use to the child being there..

Seriously, does that woman have a memory problem? If she picked up the child for the mother, and put her in her van there’s no way you can forget..

For one, if her children are young enough to go to daycare as well as that little girl was then they all should be in booster seats… two in order for her to let her kids out she’d have to climb in the back seat to let them out… so your telling me that woman ” Forgot ” about the little girl if that’s what the case was, with her unlocking the booster seat to let her children out?? Think about it…. It all seems kind of screwy to me, how children that young are suppose to sit in booster seats..

Your gonna tell me as she was unlocking her two kids booster seats… she completely forgot about the little girl who was back there with them?

notbuyinit May 31, 2010, 12:15 PM

So you’re telling me that both women work at the same location (a second daycare) and the mother of the little girl never once, all day, thought to ask the other mother ANYTHING about the drop off? Just a casual, “So how did everything go this morning with Atrinity?” Or even, “Thanks for taking Atrinity this morning.” I would never, ever entrust my child to someone else’s care without following up within a short period of time. Unbelievable.

galveston May 31, 2010, 3:14 PM

No, it can’t happen to anyone. Responsible adults whose children are their priority don’t do this. Car keys and cell phones aren’t on the same level in your mind as a child. You don’t forget a child. Not if you’re drug free and you have half a brain cell. This woman forgot to drop a child off at daycare while she was dropping children off at daycare? That doesn’t make any sense. I hope they’re testing her for drugs.

galveston May 31, 2010, 3:16 PM

We need to stop with this idea that this can happen to anyone. It can’t happen to anyone. Responsbile, drug free adults whose children are their priority do not forget their children in a car, even if they have a change in routine. That is apologist nonsense. There needs to be prosecution for negligent homicide to make this stop happening. This mother forgot to drop a child off at daycare while she was dropping children off at daycare? That makes zero sense. It’s not even logical. I hope they’ve tested her for drugs.

sarah June 19, 2010, 11:10 AM

Every year 40 children die this way. People need to put down their cellphones and other gadgets and remember what is important in life - their children.


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