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Очередная смерть младенца. В машине…

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Произошло это совсем недавно.

Ребенок умер в машине, оставленной на парковке компании “Intel”

Да, той самой, известной во всем мире…

In a vast parking lot frequented by more than 6,000 employees, the tiny girl inside a Nissan Leaf was left behind as her father headed in to work.

Within hours, she was dead.

Later, the father told police that he’d forgotten she was in the car.

Though the tragedy that played out in Hillsboro this week is incomprehensible to many, research shows it’s a scenario that has played out hundreds of times nationwide since the late 1990s as parents and caregivers grapple with a growing litany of distractions.

“We are all multitasking,” said Jan Null, a meteorologist at San Jose State University and national expert in heatstroke deaths involving children and automobiles. “We get out of the car, and we are thinking about six other things.”

On Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, a 38-year-old Portland man found his 6-month-old daughter unconscious and not breathing in his electric sedan parked at Intel’s Jones Farm campus. The baby, who reportedly had been in the hot car for about six hours, was pronounced dead a short time later at Tuality Community Hospital. Autopsy results are pending, but hyperthermia is usually the cause of death in such cases.

Hillsboro police, who have not identified the family or disclosed whether any charges are pending, said that the father told officers he wasn’t operating on his usual schedule. He had taken his daughter to the doctor, then was supposed to drop her off at daycare. Instead, he went straight to work, forgetting she was in her carseat.

A change in routine is among the most common reasons parents cite for forgetting a child in the car, Null said. Others say they were preoccupied or distracted by a phone call or other interruption.

In the United States, at least 635 children have died of hyperthermia in vehicles since 1998. In 51 percent of those cases, the parent or caregiver said they had forgotten the child was inside, according to Null’s data.

Sometimes the mind just doesn’t register what it should be doing. For example, a person lost in thought could easily miss the exit they take every day on the drive home, Null said. Those chances are only magnified by a change in routine.

Fathers are slightly more likely than mothers to forget a child in the car, data show. That doesn’t mean dads are more forgetful. Rather, it’s probably because their child’s appointments and drop-offs are less likely to be part of their daily schedules, said Lauren Sardi, assistant professor of sociology at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

“The father doesn’t normally drop the child off at daycare, then one day he does and forgets,” Sardi said.

Texas tragedy

Though Brett Cavaliero frequently took his daughter Sophia Ray, known as “Ray Ray,” to daycare, the morning of May 25, 2011, was a little out of the ordinary. He and his wife, Kristie Reeves-Cavaliero, had overslept. The hustle to get out the door of their Austin, Texas, home was “chaotic,” she recalled.

Reeves-Cavaliero had dressed Ray Ray in a bright tropical dress her teacher had given her for her first birthday, 10 days earlier. Green, yellow, hot pink and fuschia flowers popped against the brown background. Ray Ray’s blue eyes sparkled.

The couple made plans to meet for lunch, then loaded Ray Ray into the four-door Chevy Silverado crew cab. Cavaliero drove away, planning to drop Ray Ray off at daycare. But instead of turning left, toward the daycare, he turned right, toward his office.

“For reasons we don’t understand, our tragedy originated with one wrong turn,” Reeves-Cavaliero said.

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