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Parents charged over death of 10-month-old son they left in car last summer

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Police in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, have sent papers to prosecutors on a 27-year-old man and his 26-year-old wife who were arrested on suspicion of parental neglect resulting in death after they left their 10-month-old son in their car while they went shopping last August.

According to the indictment, the couple left the boy in their car between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. while they were shopping at a Costco store in Yahatanishi Ward, Kyodo News reported. Police said the temperature that day rose to about 50 degrees inside the car. The child died later that day of dehydration and heatstroke.

Police said six people, including five family members and a female acquaintance, drove to Costco. Everybody, except the 10-month-old boy, got out of the car at the same time and headed for the store. The father told police he thought his wife was going to bring the youngest boy, while his wife said she believed her husband was bringing him.

The group split up and shopped separately and didn’t realize what had happened until they returned to the car.

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Prosecute them, sentence them to life sentences and then use the media to blanket the airwaves with their complete irresponsibility as parents! And the consequences!!

When it comes to kids dying in cars because of irresponsible parents, parents need to have the message of responsibility beat into them!!!

This should NEVER happen!!!

11 ( +15 / -4 )

These parents should be sterlized and never allowed to adopt or care for children or to have anything to do with children. And locked up in a prison for many, many years.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Some people shouldn’t be allowed to have kids. Everybody in the car should be facing charges.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Prosecute them, sentence them to life sentences and then use the media to blanket the airwaves with their complete irresponsibility as parents! And the consequences!!

I get your feeling @zones2surf, but my guess is that technology will probably address this problem as AI becomes increasingly embedded in automobiles. Already cars can sense when a driver is tired. It should be even easier to know when the temperature is dangerous and a passenger is inside. The car simply needs to have a way of alerting the driver or passersby.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Go to jail..

Irresponsible parents..

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Prosecute them, sentence them to life sentences and then use the media to blanket the airwaves with their complete irresponsibility as parents! And the consequences!!

Well unfortunately for a country in dire need of children, they don't really punish that harshly for crimes against them. There are those few rare exceptions but...

4 ( +8 / -4 )

The father told police he thought his wife was going to bring the youngest boy, while his wife said she believed her husband was bringing him.

Never heard of confirming? After the car stopped, they just both walked away from the vehicle and into the store separately without looking at each other and not one other person noticed the baby? Tragic consequences, but there's some serious dysfunction going on there. Poor child.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

wo to leave a baby in a car for over two hours in that he at. W* F on wit o eopl

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

What is wrong with these people? I am not a parent and am only 24, but i would not dare to leave a baby in those fatal conditions.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

In that case, tragedy was because of misunderstanding, nothing to do with parental neglect. Same as driving backward forgetti g to check if baby is inside home and not being run over...

True that in view of such a lack of children in Japan, consideration of value for littles is so low. But sheet happens and I never will judge through a comment without all the hidtory details.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Criminal charges bit extreme. Every parent gets distracted, makes mistakes, most not fatal thankfully.

Maybe they're not remorseful enough, hence charges?

Lesson for all, mind risk always - danger is everywhere.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

No sane parents would knowingly leave their kid in the car. This might be a misunderstanding between the couple resulting in a tragedy but with all respect it seems like a genuine mistake. The loss of the kid is enough punishment.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

There is no misunderstanding between 2 parents. A baby needs food, diaper changes, calming down, a responsability usually shared by the 2 parents. The fact that they didn't even care for so many hours, makes this whole confusion so hard to believe.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Just curious over the length of time taken for charges to be brought.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

An hour and a half in Costco and they didn't once run into each other and ask where the baby is?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Natural

Too busy buying their crap (essentials) it seems SMH

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

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