Just a couple days before National Heat Stroke Prevention Day, another parent takes a dangerous chance with her children’s lives. 28-year-old Charnae Mosley made her first court appearance Tuesday morning after she was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with four counts of reckless behavior. She remains in the Fulton County Jail facing an $8,000 bond.
Atlanta police say Charnae Mosley left her six, four, two and one year old children inside her hot SUV while she ran into the Kroger on Headland Dr. to grocery shop around 3:00 p.m. Monday. The doors were locked but the windows were reportedly rolled down when someone spotted the kids in the hot vehicle and called 911.
After about 16 minutes, Mosley returned to her car to find Atlanta police waiting for her. While Mosley is said to have left the windows rolled down, Atlanta Police Department Public Information Officer Greg Lyon told 11Alive News, “It’s the South, its summertime, it’s hot, and it’s humid. Whether it’s animal, family pet, of course your child, don’t leave them unattended in a vehicle.”
The good news in this case is that the children, while hot and sweaty, were all fine. EMS arrived on the scene to give the kids water and make sure they were in good condition. The Division of Family and Children Services were also on the scene as the children’s grandmother took them home, and police took their mother to jail.
Officer Lyon said while this family was lucky, “So many bad things could have happened, we can’t stress enough, parents, find someone to watch your children or bring them inside with you. Find a way to bring them inside.”
There have been several Metro Atlanta cases where parents have been arrested for leaving their children alone in hot cars this summer. The most noted one is that of Justin Ross Harris, who has been charged with intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son, Copper, in his hot SUV for seven hours. The toddler died June 18 from heat stroke.
Unfortunately another little child died in a hot car just last Thursday in Wichita, Kansas. Authorities arrested the 29-year-old foster parent who said he forgot he left the10-month-old baby girl strapped inside a sweltering car for more than two hours.
18 children in the United States have already died in hot cars this year. As this is a serious and deadly problem, authorities continue to call on adults to make good, common sense choices. Advocates and police also call on the public to continue to not only be on the lookout for these dangerous situations, but take action.
On Thursday, July 31 the nation is set to recognize National Heat Stroke Prevention Day along with KidsAndCars.org, other child safety advocacy groups, and the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Part of the focus will be on brand new parents. Among the activities will include volunteers visiting birthing centers across the country to distribute Look Before You Lock safety education cards for new an expectant parents.
There are many valuable live saving efforts working to drive home the important message of not leaving children unattended in cars. The hope is that the combination of projects like: the Look Before You Lock, Georgia’s Look Again Campaign, and even individuals like parent Lindsey Rogers-Seitz sharing her painful story of losing her son Ben and other similar parent efforts like Ray Ray’s Pledge, will actually have an impact.
Organizers with KidAndCars.org are hoping that their online government petition launched, July 14th titled Prevent Child Heat Stroke Deaths, gains the needed 100,000 signatures by August 13 to cause the government to legislate specific changes. Beyond government action, the simplest solution available is for adults to stop, think, and focus on the precious cargo there are carrying.