Cast Your Vote:

    • no i never leave kids unattended/ its unacceptable -- Votes: 40
    • yes, but always less than 10 or 15 minutes -- Votes: 3
    • yes, but the vehicle is on and running -- Votes: 4
    • yes, i leave my children in the car -- Votes: 3
Blythe. 1 child; Indiana 23001 posts
Jun 13th '13

I have left her in there sleeping when I pull up at home and then I sit on the porch til she wakes up.

I don't ever go into the gas station so thats a no. She is only 4 so I wouldn't leave her in there in a public place alone.

Who would leave their kid in the car at work anyway?

Smash Fins ; 2 kids; Denver, Colorado 1479 posts
Jun 13th '13

my son is 5 and sometimes he will ask to e left in the car. I will leave the car running, AC blasting, doors locked and I will run in and do what I need to do.

I don't see a problem...

When he was younger I NEVER left him in the car alone.

Homer Simpson Springfield, OH, United States 5063 posts
Jun 13th '13

No I don't do it, I take my daughter out and carry her if I'm going in somewhere. I usually use the petrol stations that have the card pay option at the pumps. I would only leave her if there was another adult in the car as well. I brought her to the doc for her vaccinations one day and there was a car parked next to mine with a toddler and a dog in it. There was a woman standing nearby talking on a phone and smoking a cigarette so i assumed she was the mother. We were inside half an hour and when we came out again I saw a different woman get in the car and drive away. I felt so bad for not saying anything while I was in the doctors, god knows how long that child was left there! Also in work one day the managers were trying to track down a car owner coz another customer reported a young baby was inside all alone. They finally found her and she was in the food hall doing her shopping. She just shrugged it off and said she left the child coz she knew she wouldn't be long. She also said the baby was just 2 months old! Our climate wouldn't be too hot, but still.....

Im watching you 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Adelaide, Australia 4985 posts
Jun 13th '13
Quoting b**b Juice Factory. [EBFB:" Completely wrong, and in the Australian climate extremely dangerous! And people seriously leaving their ... [snip!] ... people have stolen cars with babies in them because the parent stupidly leaves the baby and the keys. All in all unacceptable."

hasn't this happened twice in the last two weeks

this scares the shit out of me , I just imagine how scared my daughter would be if someone tried to take the car with her in it

I was out the front of her dads house one day and we were about to leave , when she asked her dad if she could take one of her toys from his house to my house so he ran inside while me and her waited in the car , well some wack job walked up to the car and reached for the door handle , lucky I have central locking and I quickly pushed the button , it freaked me out and scared my daughter , I have no idea who the guy was and im just so glad that I have central locking so now everytime I get in the car I lock the doors straight away

drunk faith1 1 child; Alabama 10081 posts
Jun 13th '13

I leave my 1-year-old in the car when I'm running groceries in the house if she's asleep. I park the car in the garage, nothing is going to happen to her while I go in and set a few bags on the counter. At a certain age, I think it is absolutely fine to leave a child in the car while you run in to Walmart for one thing or run in to pay for gas. Give them the keys, lock the door, it's all good. What age depends on the child. My 10 year old brother is more than capable of siting in the car while I run in to pay for gas and a candy bar.

However, a child (or pet) should never be left in the car alone for extended periods of time, or even quickly if it's very hot out an the air isn't running.

ShockersShufflers 19 kids; Iowa 1501 posts
Jun 13th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting .Colleen.:</b>" My kids are only 4 and 6 so I don't leave them in the car. and I think it's a tragic yet genuine ... [snip!] ... out drunk, hanging out with friends, etc then yes, I do think some type of "punishment" would be appropriate as neglect. "</blockquote>

i know you said it would piss you off, but i just wanted to clarify i haven't left my children in the car while I'm at work. A teacher did just this last month.

here is the link:

also on a different website, there have been 11 deaths in the US this year so far 2013.

its so sad.

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
Jun 13th '13

Only to unlock the door to our house if theyre sleeping usually..ocassionally if I have alot of groceries, ect. I only do it in my driveway and I can see them from the door. My oldest stands next to me while I put his brother in. When he was an infant, I put the baby down(in his carrier) next to me while I strapped in my toddler.

Mrs. Brightside 2 kids; Lichtensteig, Switzerland 11733 posts
Jun 13th '13

In public, no way. The only time I leave my daughter in the car in public is if I am getting gas and my aunt is working (at the gas station) she will always come outside to say hi to my daughter and I will run in and pay while she is out there.

But I have left her in the car in my own driveway if I forgot something in the house or something but no longer than 30 seconds literally.

Nameless Ghoul 2 kids; Sweden 6452 posts
Jun 13th '13

The only times I've ever left my kids in the car is when I'm pumping gas (I pay at the pump) with a window rolled down, and when I've gone places with them by myself and I have to get them in/out of the car one at a time when we leave/get home, which never takes me more than a minute.

mommy2two0212 TTC since Dec 2011; 50 kids; Morton, Illinois 83 posts
Jun 13th '13

It really depends on their age. My son is almost 11 (in 4 days) and I have a 7 month old daughter. I do leave my son in the car with my daughter if I am just running inside somewhere for a couple minutes and I can see the car. I always leave it running and I lock the doors. My son is mature for his age and I feel completely safe leaving him with his sister for the amount of time that I am gone. I however would NEVER leave my infant in the car no matter how long by herself and I never left my son in the car by himself until he was around 10. He was more then old enough to know never let anyone in and to stay seated in his seat.

melissa221 Due January 1 (boy); 1 child; Ocala, Florida 257 posts
Jun 13th '13
Quoting SavageDarling:" The longest I've ever left my kids in the car is just to run back into the house to get my phone or something. ... [snip!] ... go to ones that you can pay at the pump with my credit card or full service. I'd never leave them to run into the store. Never."


Ax3 3 kids; Small town, AR, United States 4260 posts
Jun 13th '13

I've left my girl in the car with it running and air on to go get the other one sometimes or I'll run back inside if I forgot something. But I also live in the middle of nowhere in a tiny town and would hear/see if someone were to drive or even walk up. I only do the pay at the pump and would never leave them in the car to run inside a store or any other public area.

I can kinda understand some parents leaving the kid in the car by accident. It happened to a work associate of my mothers. The baby was very young and the mother put him in the car asleep and asked the dad to drop him off at her moms or something. The dad had never done that and the baby slept the entire time...never made a noise or anything. He drove to work as usual and luckily the weather was good and he remembered within minutes of sitting down at his desk. Super scary and something he still hasn't got over. HOWEVER I just read a news post on a parent in my hometown who left her toddler in the car while she ran inside walmart to grab a few things. Car off, windows up not to mention all my herself and 100 degrees outside. She intentionally did it and luckily someone saw the baby and called the cops after breaking a window. I can't imagine punishing a parent who makes a horrible tragic mistake. Their guilt and misery is far worse thn anything a court could do. But a parent who intentionally leaves a kid in a hot car I can see charging them.

K and N TTC since Nov 2012; 2 kids; Denver City, Texas 1890 posts
Jun 13th '13

No. They don't get left unattended. period. DSS begs me to let him stay in the car or stay home, if we go to the store real quick... not on my watch!

However... they were playing outside in the yard with my 3 y/o nephew a few weeks ago... I went inside long enough to grab some drinks for everyone and we have this old pontiac, that needs to be junked, but anyway... we lost my nephew.... we were searching the whole neighborhood for him, and even started to call the police, when I looked over he was banging on the window of that old pontiac sweating and crying... he had crawled in there and somehow locked himself in. I never even thought to look in there.

I was scared to death!! and so was he!

needless to say we will be getting rid of that thing ASAP.

Vitameatavegamin 19 kids; League City, Texas 5829 posts
Jun 13th '13
Quoting Kacti:" No. They don't get left unattended. period. DSS begs me to let him stay in the car or stay home, if we ... [snip!] ... thought to look in there. I was scared to death!! and so was he! needless to say we will be getting rid of that thing ASAP."

Omigosh, how scary!!! Thank God he was found before anything bad happened!

K and N TTC since Nov 2012; 2 kids; Denver City, Texas 1890 posts
Jun 13th '13
Quoting Lady GooGoo