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Toddler dies after being left in sweltering car by doctor mother who forgot to drop him off at day care

Post  Guest on Tue 12 Apr - 16:09

A toddler died after he was left in the back seat of a sweltering car all morning while his gynaecologist mother went to work.

Dr Cynthia Galinaltis left her 21-month-old son strapped in a child seat for hours while she went to work at a medical office in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.



She apparently forgot to drop the boy off at nursery and found him in the car in the mid-afternoon, according to police in the U.S. Caribbean territory.

The toddler was rushed to hospital, where he was declared dead.

Authorities did not say if the mother would face charges. A phone call to Dr Galinaltis's office went unanswered.

The boy was left in the car park of the busy shopping centre, where Dr Galinaltis has an office, last week.

Such deaths have risen since the Nineties, when a change in U.S. laws required that small children be strapped into rear-facing child seats in the back of vehicles to avoid air-bag injuries, according to Kansas-based organization Kids and Cars.

Experts say leaving a child in a hot car is not always a sign of negligence, but is often the tragic result of a distracted or sleep-deprived brain, or a sudden change in routine.

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Post  jeanie on Tue 12 Apr - 16:22

very strange and very sad

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Post  steve1295 on Tue 12 Apr - 16:24

SHES a stupid bitch

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Post  Justiceforallkids on Tue 12 Apr - 16:27

happens all the time here in summer in australia:(

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Post  kitti on Tue 12 Apr - 16:28

How the he'll can you forget about a child in the back seat.......even if she hadn't right Away.....surely 10 or so minutes later you would remember, surely.

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Post  tanszi on Tue 12 Apr - 16:38

Id like to know who and what occupation the experts have who say its not negligence to leave a toddler in a hot car but may be due to change of routine or distracted or sleep deprived, surely in her line of work as a doctor if she didnt realise it herself someone would. I can go along with the change of routine, distracted, and sleep deprived for a short time but omg all morning till the afternoon. Im sure she is decimated by her forgetfullness, yet what an awful death for the child. Thats dreadful Justiceforallkids, ive heard it happens in the UK sometimes. It must be so awful for the children involved.

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Post  jinvta on Tue 12 Apr - 19:52

Sadly it happens all the time here in Southern CA as well. I still remember a local case a couple of years ago where a mother after returning from a work party drunk crashed out in her bed leaving her two children strapped in their carseats in her car in the driveway. The two kids died and I was horrified that the mother got off scot free. She had expensive lawyers who had encouraged her to seek counseling and do community service before she faced trial. Well, it worked! Rich, white woman gets away with murder, while poor minority women who don't have the resources to evade prosecution get sent to jail for life.

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Post  docmac on Tue 12 Apr - 21:32

The Famous Grouse wrote:

Experts say leaving a child in a hot car is not always a sign of negligence, but is often the tragic result of a distracted or sleep-deprived brain, or a sudden change in routine.
Pardon me???

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Post  mumbles on Tue 12 Apr - 22:37

I have been sleep deprived.
I have been depressed.
I have also been very, very drunk! (on occasion)

What I have not been.... is negligent.
At least where my kids were concerned.

No matter how bad I felt... my kids and their safety and well being was always foremost in my thoughts.

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Post  Angelique on Fri 15 Apr - 17:17

I believe this is negligence in the UK.

A neighbour left her child/baby sleeping alone in the car not far from where I live and my daughter reported it and the Police attended straight away. The excuse was she didn't want to wake him up. But the Police told her to take the child into the house.

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