It appears to be just a terrible tragedy and another case of distracted parenting.
A father forgot to drop his 9-month-old at the sitter before heading into work and left her in the car.
When Steven Lillie came outside several hours later, he screamed in horror.
Rescuers tried everything but they were unable to revive the child.
He told police that something disrupted his routine this morning.
“Dad was distraught. That’s probably the best word I could use,” Lt. Donna Seyferth, spokeswoman for the Rockledge Police Department told Florida Today. “He was crying; he was distraught. It was probably for him and his family the worst day of their lives.”
The high temperature was 85 degrees, but inside a vehicle, temperatures can quickly climb up to 120 degrees within an hour.
The Washington Post did a feature length story about distracted parents leaving their kids in the car with fatal consequences.
In the article entitled, Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime?, the Post writes:
Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.
How to keep it from happening to you? The National Safety Council recommends that you leave something in the back seat near your child that you need for work or for your errands, so if you forget, you will see your child.