Children Safety Information
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Due to the ever-increasing importance of children's health issues, Children's Health and Safety Association's mission is to continue the work that Children's Safety Association of Canada has accomplished for the past twenty years and provide up-to-date and vital health information for every concerned parent.
Our children's eating habits have changed so much that heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and a myriad of other adult diseases are plaguing them at an unforeseen rate - and the statistics are staggering. One in four young children in Canada is overweight or obese and only 7% get the recommended sixty minutes of exercise daily. We will address children's health issues and concerns as a proactive measure to help sustain children's health and well-being and exemplify why parents can no longer afford to be complacent with processed food.
10-MONTH-OLD DIES IN HOT CAR
July 25, 2014 – Yesterday a baby girl died after being left in a hot car for two hours in Wichita, Kansas. Sedgwick County Police found the baby in a car parked outside her home. The case is still under investigation.
There have been 18 hot car deaths in the United States so far this year.
Boy Suffers serious Injuries after Falling from Third-Storey Window
July 18, 2014 - Yesterday a 7-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries after he fell from a third-storey window near Birchmount Road and Finch Avenue East in Toronto. The boy's parents took him to Scarborough Grace Hospital, where he was airlifted to the Hospital for Sick Children.
TWO YEAR OLD DIES IN SWELTERING CAR
July 9, 2014 - A two-year-old toddler died in a sweltering car parked at home last Sunday in El Paso, Texas. Medics performed CPR but the child was pronounced dead. Details surrounding this case are still under investigation. The national weather service reported that temperatures reached the mid to upper 90s throughout the weekend.
CHILD LEFT IN HOT CAR – MOTHER CHARGED WITH NEGLECT
July 9, 2014 – Michelle King of Nassau County, Florida took her 18–month-old twins and 6-year-old boy with her while she drove her husband to work. When King returned home, she forgot the male twin in the car and went back to sleep. Around 10:30 a.m. her 6-year-old son found his younger brother inside the car. King is facing neglect charges. The 18-month-old boy was taken to hospital and treated for heat exhaustion. He is now in stable condition.
PARENTS LEFT CHILDREN IN CAR WHILE GAMBLING
July 8, 2014 – Nathan Dale Ostermeier, 29, and Betsy Rae Hansen, 26, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota left their children in a car for at least two hours while they gambled at a casino. A bystander spotted the children in the car and called police. Ostermeier and Hansen were charged with three counts of abuse and neglecting a minor. Officers found methamphetamine in Ostermeier's pants pocket. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
MOM LEAVES 3 CHILDREN IN CAR WHILE SHOPPING
July 8, 2014 – Jennifer Milem, 27, of Rock Hill, South Carolina left her three children - 1, 2 and 3 years of age sleeping in the car while she went grocery shopping.
Police said the air conditioning was running in the car and the vehicle was left unlocked. Police noticed a small piece of wood placed in front of one of the tires. Milem told officers her emergency brake was broken, and since the vehicle was a standard, the wooden block prevented the car from rolling away.
The child in the middle seat did not have a seat belt securing the car seat. Police cited Milem for failing to secure the child restraint and charged her with ‘cruelty to children’. The case will be referred to Department of Social Services for investigation.
15-MONTH-OLD DIES IN HOT CAR WHILE FATHER IS AT WORK
July 7, 2014 – 15-month-old Benjamin Seitz died last Monday in Ridgefield, Connecticut when his father left him in a vehicle parked outside his workplace. Police said they are working with the state police Western District Major Crime Unit and the Danbury State's Attorney's Office to determine what happened.
other cases in Connecticut result in criminal charges
John Morgan, 60, of Waterford, CT was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor after a police officer found a 9-year-old and 6-year-old left unattended in a car. The two children were sweating and had red faces. The temperature in the car reached 100°.
Cassandra Donnejour Nonossiold, 27, of East Haven, CT, was charged with leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle while she went shopping at a Target Store.
Last week Brian Pavao, 33, of Groton, CT was charged with risk of injury to a minor after he left an infant in a 130° car while shopping at a supermarket.
Nathalie Stonier, 36, of Shelton, CT was charged with risk of injury for leaving her 3-year-old child in a car while she went shopping. A witness called 911 after seeing Stonier walking away from the parked vehicle.
Last March, Danny Ramos of West Hartford, CT was charged with risk of injury for leaving his 5-year-old nephew in a car while he worked out at a gym. Danny Ramos, 36, told police he didn't know the child was in the car. Ramos was also charged with interfering with an officer and second-degree reckless endangerment.
Rosalie Rivera of New Britain, CT was arrested last April for leaving her four children – aged, 2, 6, 7 and 9 inside a vehicle while she shopped for a cellphone. Rivera is facing four counts of risk of injury to a minor as well as interfering with police.
WOMAN LEAVES 4-MONTH-OLD IN VAN
July 6, 2014 – Natasha Graver, 32, of St. Petersburg, Florida left her 4-month-old daughter in a van for about 3½ hours while she attended a funeral. She placed her daughter in a child-safety seat in the back seat of her van and went to church. She told police officers she forgot to bring the baby in with her, leaving the van with the windows rolled up. She then drove home and still forgot her child was in the back seat. It was only until she and her husband decided to go out for dinner they noticed their daughter in the car.
Paramedics treated her baby for heat exposure and transported the infant to All Children's Hospital where officials say the baby's condition is stable but undergoing other tests. Graver was charged with one count of child abuse and later released on a $5,000.00 bond.
TODDLER LEFT IN HOT CAR - MOM ARRESTED
July 1, 2014 - Cara Dubois, 27, was arrested with child desertion and the 'intentional or negligent exposure of a child to potential danger' on Monday, after she left her 21-month-old son alone inside a locked, idling car at noon in Houma, Louisiana.
A passerby spotted the child and alerted authorities. The outside temperature was about 91° at the time and the car's interior would have reached 109° in 10 minutes and 119° in 20 minutes.
Police determined that the toddler was in good health and released to the father’s custody. Cara faces up to six months of jail time and fines of up to $500 if convicted.
TWO CHARGED FOR LEAVING CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN IDLING CAR
June 30, 2014 – Elizabeth Elliot, 22 and Andrew Froberg, 30, each face child endangerment charges including risk of injury to a child, leaving a child unsupervised and first-degree reckless endangerment after Hartford, Connecticut State Police found two children – an eleven-month-old baby and a three-year-old unattended in an idling car outside a grocery store about 7 pm last Friday.
Froberg and Elliot are held at $20,000 bail each and are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. The children were turned over to the state Department of Children and Families. Firefighters determined that the children were OK and police said the children were left in the car for more than 15 minutes.
SON DIES IN CAR – FATHER CHARGED WITH MURDER
June 19, 2014 - Justin Ross Harris, 33, of Marietta, Georgia, is being held without bond in Cobb County Jail on charges of murder and cruelty to children. His 22-month-old son succumbed to heat stroke after being left in a SUV for 7 hours while he went to work.
Every parent and caregiver should be aware of the dangers of heat stroke for children and pets. For more detailed information, please click on Children, Cars and Hot Temperatures – A Lethal Combination.
FATHER LOCKS BABY IN CAR WHILE HE GOES TO WORK
June 17, 2014 – A nine-month-old baby girl in Rockledge, Florida died yesterday after being left in a pickup truck for several hours outside a strip mall where her father worked. The baby was pronounced dead a short time after paramedics arrived at 4:45 pm.
It was 85 degrees that day but inside a vehicle, temperatures can quickly climb up to 120 degrees within an hour, causing children and animals to suffer heatstroke and die.
44 children across the USA died of vehicle-related heat deaths in 2013 and this year 11 children have already died.
ANOTHER TRAGIC DEATH
June 7, 2014 - Regardless of the low 20 temperature, a 15-month old girl died of heat stroke after being left unattended in a car last Wednesday at her grandfather’s home in Dolgeville, New York.
Even the best-intentioned parents and caregivers can overlook a sleeping baby in a car. NEVER leave a child in car unattended. Be safe!!
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