Last week, I think, a woman was found guilty of, or sentenced for, leaving her child in a hot car, leading to the child's death. What really shocked me was that the woman regularly used to get her children to sleep by putting them in a warm car. One just went to sleep permanently I suppose, to be flippant, and I shouldn't be.
The Australian sun is hot. Even in winter, if the sun is out, leaving a child in a closed up car will put them at risk. Many children are rescued from cars every week, usually from being accidentally locked in the car. To deliberately leave children in a closed up car in the sun is almost sentencing them to death. How a jury might judge such an offence when they have the details might be very different to the very severely judging public opinion.
Like babies, animals can be quite defenceless in response to what humans do to them.
I normally read the newspaper with great equanimity at our often disastrous human condition. Umpteen wiped out in a flood in China, a bomb blowing people to bits in an Afghanistan market and much more. I can't take the weight of the world on my shoulders. Good and bad things happen to good and bad people. I will read the newspaper story and move onto the next. Local disasters and incidents of course grab more of my attention. Never in my years of reading newspapers have I stopped dead, slammed the paper down and said, 'Oh fuck'. I didn't finish the article as I knew what was coming.
Martin Flanagan has been writing for The Age for 132 years, well it seems like it. At times I don't agree with him, but he is fine writer. I was reading a piece he had written about his dog. It seemed light-hearted, describing his dog's maturing from the puppy stage to a young adult, you know, the usual puppy mischief stuff, the growing love between a family and a pet. Just another happy pet story, the like of which I have read many times before. I suppose I only bothered because Flanagan wrote the story.
I am not going to search the article out, but towards the end it went along these lines. It was a fine and hot day and we met up with friends. Kids were running around everywhere. No one saw the dog jump in the open car door. No one knew he was in car with the heavily windows when they shut the door. It was a couple of hours before he was missed...
I feel very sorry for all those involved in such a horrible event.