EDITORIAL CARTOON: Don't leave them

I'm not a parent. I don't expect to be. I am, however, a human, and a forgetful one at that. Too often I've forgotten to bring something with me. My wife, friends, family and co-workers all have to remind me of things I that have slipped my mind. I'll lose myself in a train of thought and forget things I've done just minutes before, such as taking medication or washing my hair. 

I mention this because I will not throw stones. I do not know the circumstances surrounding the mother or the child who died while left unattended in a hot car in Mason Wednesday. As tragic as this is, as a human — a forgetful human — I understand that accidents as terrible as this can and do happen.

Most of us have rushed to work, or to the store, or had our daily routine disrupted where we become absent minded. This is a reminder to be more mindful. Leaving children in the car during the summer, whether on accident or on purpose, can be deadly. Cars can heat up quickly even on cloudy days.

Give the back seat a glance before you get out of the car so you'll know you're not leaving a child behind. Otherwise, they may leave you forever.

Kevin Necessary is the editorial cartoonist for WCPO. His opinions do not represent WCPO.

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