Reporter: James Gherardi l Videographer: Levi Washburn
Lynchburg, VA - As the days get hotter, more and more stories arise about parents unknowingly leaving their children in a hot car. It's a dangerous and deadly mistake that happens much more than we'd like to think. Let's face it, everybody's busy. And often, we can find ourselves distracted. Sometimes, one mistake can cost a life.
Mother knows best, "When it's this hot, even if you have the AC running, you never know what could happen," said Lynchburg Mom, Shannon Long.
Leaving a child in the car in the heat, can kill, "There's always a concern that something's going to happen to your children; my concern is more so with other things than leaving them in the car," said Angie Mountz.
But mistakes happen. Most recently, a father in Kentucky killed his eight month old son, after leaving him in a hot car, and forgetting to take him to day care.
"It seems like people these days multi-task and have way too much going on, and just forget. And you can't imagine people doing that, but it happens all the time," said Mother and Grandmother, Dorothy Stolba.
And so a market has developed for products to warn you when you've left you little one in the car.
"I'm amazed at some of the features that they have now that they didn't have when I had my children, and I would consider buying maybe a car seat that had some kind of sensor on it," said Stolba.
We found at least one that does just that. Available for purchase online, The Child Minder System, warns you when you've walked fifteen feet away from your kid's car seat. It'll run you around $70.
But already, the baby business sees soaring sales of baby monitors; even those that monitor the temperature of a child's room.
"They're big sellers for us. As soon as they come in, they usually go right back out the door. It's really important to keep that monitor, especially when you have an infant," said Lauran Stainback, the Manager of Once Upon a Child.
These child monitoring products that also consider temperature will run you about $30.