NC Infant Dies in Hot Car: Child Safety Tips from Experts are Shocking!

childsafetyOn May 25, 2016, an 8 month old boy was forgotten in his mother’s vehicle in Wilmington, NC as she worked through the day. The baby died, most likely of a heatstroke, although officials are still investigating. The temperature that day reached 86 degrees.

I sat at a table with a friend, and as she recanted this story to me, she had tears in her eyes; tears for the poor child and for the mom who made a fatal mistake. “Everyone says she was an amazing mom,” she explained.

The story haunted me for the remainder of the day, and after I put my own child to bed, I decided to look for an official report. What were the circumstances? Could this happen to any of us at any given moment? I wanted to understand.

The incident itself was just as shocking as these tips offered by experts:

  • Place your cell phone or purse in the back seat, so you don’t forget your child.
  • Every time you park your car, open the back door to ensure that everyone is out safely.
  • If weather permits, crack your windows each time you exit your vehicle.
  • Download applications such as Precious Cargo or Kars4KidsSafety for your cell phone, to remind yourself to take your child out of the backseat.

In reference to these handy applications, a statement from explains, “…they also reach us in a most reliable place — our cell phones — which most of us won’t even walk down the hall of our home without carrying.”


Place my cell phone in the back seat? Catch, Teddy! This thing is so important that when I scramble for it later, maybe I’ll see my child.

After further research, I was nauseated by these tips. Are we all so overworked, mind boggled, busy, and stressed out, that we need to walk around with a phone stuck up our asses to remind us to care for our children? If that’s the case, maybe the time has come to reconsider our priorities. Crack your windows? A person can remember to crack the windows, so their child doesn’t overheat when they leave him or her in the car, but they can’t remember the actual child?



Open the back door of the vehicle each time you park? Hell yeah! Your precious cell phone is back there somewhere with your kid!



The Point? Don’t leave your kids in the car. Not even for a few minutes. The inside of your vehicle gets much hotter than the temperature outside, and even if you do crack the windows, and it is just for a minute, you are still putting your child’s safety at risk. It doesn’t take long for a little one to suffer from a heatstroke. Read the statistics here. Please share them. If you are just so overwhelmed, by all means, I encourage you to download the apps mentioned above. An accident like this could happen to anyone. It’s hard for me to even type that sentence, but it’s true. 

Thank you for reading. If you see a child left behind in a hot vehicle, please contact the police immediately. 

Here’s a healthy way to keep your child cool during those hot summer days!





About coreycarter

Corey Carter graduated from East Carolina University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After years of keeping the majority of her short stories and poetry private, she decided that it was time to pursue her dream of becoming an author. Her first romantic thriller novel, Shadows of Deception, was published in December 2014. When Corey isn't writing, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends by the bonfire or out on the beach. She is a proud wife and mother to a very spirited toddler, residing in Eastern North Carolina. View all posts by coreycarter

3 responses to “NC Infant Dies in Hot Car: Child Safety Tips from Experts are Shocking!

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Corey,
    What a great article more parents need to know about this. Also..There is a product on the market that can prevent hot car death. and If parents would only use this smartphone car seat monitor App alarm – accidents like this wouldn’t happen and innocent lives would not be lost. Responsible parents don’t think it could happen, but it can and does. On average over 37 children die every year from being left behind in a hot car. Let’s try to stop this from happening!


    • coreycarter

      Thank you for reading and for the additional information. An incident similar to this also happened in Florida recently. It also appears to be a very unfortunate accident like the one in Wilmington.

      **Again, if parents are just so busy, I strongly suggest they use the resources we have recommended here. **


  • Keri

    Remarkable issues here. I am very happy to peer your article.
    Thanks so much and I’m looking forward to touch you. Will you
    please drop me a e-mail?


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