Hello - This is not a cheery posting...so be warned. We had a terrible tragedy happen in our neighborhood this past week and I'm wondering if some of you who think a lot about the importance of focus have some insight that might help me understand it better.
A mother with a 4 month old baby forget to take her child to day care and left the baby in the car at her work parking lot (this is Phoenix - 140 inside the car). She didn't remember the baby until her husband called her around noon. The baby was still alive when she went out to the car, but died later that night. Here is the story. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...carbaby10.html
What an absolute nightmare....what a horrible way to die, what a horrible thing to have to live with for the rest of your life. I feel so very, very badly for that baby, that family and that mother. I'm glad I'm not the county prosecutor who has to decide how to treat the case.
According to the interviews that police have done so far, these are responsible parents. I would guess that there was some sleep deprivation and maybe some depression going on. I would also guess that the main reason that this happened is that she had a case of "monkey mind" - a million one things on her mind.
When I went on the internet to find more about this story, I saw that this has happened many, many times....mainly by dads and grandparents - the ones who don't normally take the kids in....they are on autopilot once they get in the car. One dad was a department chair at a university and described as a very committed father.
This raises a questions in my mind...could these tragedies been prevented? What causes otherwise responsible people to go on such autopilot that they have lapses like this?