No matter how many warnings are issued telling parents to never, ever leave a child unattended in a car, it seems some just won’t listen. A hairdresser mom, Tabitha Inge, has been arrested for leaving her 2-year-old in the car while she visited a client’s home.
The girl was found strangled with her neck caught in the power window.
A neighbor at the trailer park told WTVR that Inge ran back into the home screaming hysterically…’Somebody call the police. My baby is dead,’ Inge screamed, the neighbor said. While the girl’s body has been sent to a state medical examiner to determine the cause of death, Chesterfield County police Lieutentant P.J. McCann says the child was caught in the partially opened window. McCann says investigators are trying to determine whether the child had touched the car’s power window switches.
It’s unclear how long the toddler was left alone in the car. Initial reports say Inge was cutting the client’s hair. However, her family disputes that, claiming she was merely dropping off hair products and didn’t go inside. In any case, it was long enough for the child to strangle with no one noticing. My heart goes out to parents who slip up and make a tragic decision to leave a child in the car “just this once” and “just for a minute.” But I think all of us should know better by now–and be held accountable.