A woman whose 8-month-old son died after being left in a car on May 25 will not be charged, officials announced at a press conference Friday morning.
"We have to base our verdicts on the facts and law and not emotions and sympathy," said District Attorney Ben David. "No parent is more or less likely to accidentally leave their child in a car if we punish (the mother)."
David: She poses no public threat, and the streets will not be safer if we punish her.— WECT News (@wectnews) July 1, 2016
According to the district attorney, hundreds of hours were spent investigating this case. Witnesses were interviewed, blood samples were taken, and cell phones were seized.
David explained it appeared the mother could have been sleep deprived and had a change in routine which could have played a role in this tragedy.
David said the mother took the child to the doctor's office for a checkup at 8:30 a.m. that morning, and that her husband dropped off their older child at Pax Natura, and went to work. He explained she normally would have dropped both children off, and added she had been up with the baby since 3:30 a.m.
The child's mother then went to work as part of her normal routine, not realizing the child was still in the backseat of her car. David added she did not leave the business until after 5 p.m., which was confirmed through records and videos provided by her employer.
"She just went to work not realizing her infant was asleep in the back," David said.
It was not until she went to pick the child up after getting off work that she realized he was still in her car.
"It's been in there since 9 this morning," a caller told 911 operators with shock. "Mom forgot about it all day while she was at work."
Officials hopes other parents will use this tragic incident as a reminder to "look before you lock."
Look before you lock, what District Court judge J. Corpening calls the "4 simple words" that could save lives.— Jasmine Turner (@JasmineWECT) July 1, 2016
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