Tragic news this week from Georgia.
Tragic, but unfortunately not all that uncommon.
On Tuesday, a man was arrested in Snellville, Georgia, charged with second-degree murder, after police said he left his 8-month-old daughter in the backset a hot car..
The sun was out and the temperature was in the 80s. Police said the infant was shut up in the car for hours and died.
There's more to the story. The family and the police department are at odds about what exactly happened and who is to blame. But that's something for the courts to work out.
What we are concerned about here is that another child needlessly lost her life after being left in a hot car.
Every year we see similar tragedies. Every year they could have been prevented.
We have had some mild weather here in the Twin Cities. But temperatures are starting to rise and the forecast predicts highs in the 90s for most of the coming week.
So take care if you have an infant, toddler or small child. Be sure not to leave them unattended in a hot car.
And be careful, too, about leaving a disabled or elderly person in similar circumstances. They can be vulnerable, too.
You may think you'll only be gone a few minutes. That nothing bad could happen. But that's probably what happened in most of these terrible cases. Do you really want to take that chance?