On July 11, China’s state board reported a mother in the Zhejiang province of China who refused to rescue her 3-year-old son from the backseat of her BMW because she didn’t want to damage it.
Reports say that while the mother was out shopping, the unsupervised child became barricaded in the scorching hot BMW because of an ill-timed self-locking safety feature.
With the windows securely sealed, the mother came back to find crowds of people surrounding her imprisoned son frantically trying to escape.
Although the mother was aware that the situation was potentially fatal to her child, she resisted any ideas that involved saving her son at the expense of her car. Even after firefighters pleaded with her, she remained reluctant saying she didn’t want to fork out cash for repair work.
However, as soon as the child’s demeanor began to deteriorate, the firefighters made an executive decision and broke the window to rescue the child before it was too late.
A similar case with a not-so-similar ending occurred just a few days prior. A 3-year-old girl died in a tragic accident after being left in a car that reached temperatures of 90℉ for nine hours.
In yet another case, a 4-year-boy died in the backseat of an SUV after being unintentionally left in a car while his parents ate lunch with their relatives.
While it may be difficult at times to constantly supervise children, it is never acceptable to leave a child stranded in a car. Zhejiang Online quoted a firefighter as saying:
“It is very dangerous to leave kids inside car, especially in such heat. The temperature inside the car can soar in very short time and threaten the child’s life.”
While this may seem like common knowledge, incidents like this occur far too often.