By Jonathan Safran, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was reported that a 5 year old boy enrolled in a Milwaukee day care center was left in a van for 9 hours. There are dangers in leaving a child in a van. If the incident takes place during hot weather, the child is at risk for hyperthermia. If the incident takes place during cold weather, there is a risk of hypothermia. No matter the weather, there are also other risks when leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. These risks include those related to strangulation and choking. In addition, if a child is left unattended in a vehicle, there is also a risk of abduction and risk of injury if the child wanders away into traffic or or into other dangerous situations.
Fortunately, the 5 year old boy who was left in the van for 9 hours did not need medical attention. He was attending Kreative Kids Creative Learning Center. The facility should thank its lucky stars that nothing happened to this child. It was only when the mother came home at midnight did she discover that her child was missing. For some reason, the babysitter did not question why the other driver was not dropped off at the end of the day. Regardless of the babysitter’s actions, the day care center had a duty to make sure that all children got off the van and made it to the child’s destination. Because of the reckless actions or inactions of the driver and the driver’s assistant, both were arrested by Milwaukee authorities. You can read more about this story at Boy, Age 5, Left Inside Milwaukee Day Care Center Van for 9 hours.