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Baby Dies; Sperm Donor Forgot to Drop Her at Daycare

A 6-month-old baby in Florida was discovered dead in a car Tuesday after the father forgot to drop her off at day care, police said.

Miami-Dade Police confirmed the girl was found at Doral Academy Preparatory School Tuesday afternoon after she had been left in a car seat for approximately nine hours.

The baby, Rosalyn Ramos, was taken to Miami Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said the baby’s father, Lazaro Ramos, was supposed to have dropped her off at a daycare center about 9 a.m. Tuesday, but apparently forgot she was in the car and went about his day.

The father dropped one of his children off at the school and then drove to work and left the baby in the back seat of the car, police said. He reportedly told police it was not part of his routine to care for the baby. When he returned to pick his child up from the school, the baby was discovered and police were called to the scene.

It was unclear where the car was parked during the day. Temperatures in Miami Tuesday reached 88 degrees.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Aida Fina-Milian called the incident a tragic accident, but told NBC News the investigation is ongoing. Ramos is currently in police custody.

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Posted on 09.26.12

Change of Plans Led to Death of Baby

The father of a 6-month-old baby girl was not charged after he forgot he had left his daughter in her car seat.

Doral Academy Prepatory School, at Northwest 97th Avenue and 24th Street, is the site where a 6-month-old baby girl was found dead in a car Tuesday after her father had left her in the car all day. He found the baby at Doral Academy Elementary. Ramos told police he had forgotten his 6-month-old baby girl Rosalyn Ramos was in the car. Preventive tips

• Put something you need for the day, like a purse or a cellphone, in the backseat near the child.
• Keep a toy in the baby carrier. When your child is strapped in, move the toy to the front seat to remind you.
• Make it a habit to “look before you lock.”
• Set up a back-up plan to have another caregiver call if your child doesn’t show up at a day-care center, for example.

Six-month old Rosalyn Ramos — whose lifeless body was discovered by her 5-year-old brother in the back seat of daddy’s car — is the 29th child in the United States to die alone inside a hot vehicle so far this year. Three of these deaths were in South Florida.

Their father, Lazaro Ramos, was not usually the parent who took the kids to school.

On Tuesday, he strapped his baby daughter into her rear-facing car seat and made sure her brother was buckled in beside her. He dropped the boy off at Doral Academy Preparatory School, but instead of taking his baby daughter to the day-care center, he continued on to work, forgetting she was in the back seat.

Nine hours later, he returned to pick up his son, who discovered his baby sister’s tiny body, Miami-Dade police said.
Ramos told detectives it was not part of his routine to care for the baby. He was brought in for questioning, but no charges were expected to be filed Wednesday.

Neighbors described Ramos as a doting father who adored his “ muñequita,” or “little doll,” as the parents called baby Rosalyn.
“I’m sure the family is destroyed,” said Ana Arias, a neighbor. “They were obsessed with this little girl. They were crazy about her.”

Arias and other neighbors said that Lazaro Ramos had been living with the baby’s mother and her parents for more than a year in an apartment on Northwest 87th Avenue in Doral. Ramos’ 5-year-old son was from a previous relationship.

Incidents like this are alarmingly common with all the distractions of modern life, experts say. Nationwide, there have been more than 550 such cases since 1998. Florida is second only to Texas in the number of these deaths.

“This is not something that these families ever recover from,” said Amber Rollins, the director of Kids and Cars, a Kansas-based organization for the prevention of non-traffic, car-related deaths. “There’s nothing worse than the death of a child, but when a parent — the person who loves them most — is responsible, that’s the only thing that could be worse.”

Rollins said even the most loving, responsible parents can experience momentary child-care lapses. Parents of young children are under an enormous amount of stress, and often do not get enough sleep, which “changes the way the brain functions,” she said.

As was the case with Tuesday’s tragedy, “the No. 1 factor is the change in a daily routine,” Rollins said.

Willful negligence accounts for a small percentage of child deaths in hot cars, according to Malvina Duncan, the coordinator of Safe Kids Miami-Dade, a prevention organization associated with Miami Children’s Hospital.

“In more than half of these cases, the child is simply forgotten by a distracted parent or caregiver,” Duncan said. She said there is “no typical profile” of parents who forget their children, and people of “all socioeconomic backgrounds” experience such distractions.

Duncan said that when the body temperature of a child reaches 104 degrees, internal organs begin to shut down; at 107 degrees, the condition can be deadly. If a child is asleep or unattended, the warning signs go unnoticed.

“Because they’re children, they are three to five times more likely to suffer hyperthermia because their regulatory systems are immature,” she said.

A study by San Francisco State University showed that more than half of the deaths from hyperthermia, or heat stroke, since 1998 have been of children under the age of 2.

Rollins said this “preventable tragedy” has become more common since the 1990s, when cars came equipped with airbags that could kill children sitting in the front seat. Now, rear-facing car seats are recommended for infants, which “look the same whether there is a child in there or not,” Rollins said.

For each fatality that is investigated by the police, experts estimate there are hundreds of “near misses” that go unreported.
It is illegal in Florida to leave a child unattended in a car for more than 15 minutes, but the offense carries a small fine. Florida is not one of the 19 states where accidental cases that result in death carry criminal charges.

“It’s not a matter of punishing parents,” Duncan said. “It’s a matter of awareness and educating. You might think its only people who are careless, but it happens to very responsible parents.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/2...#storylink=cpy

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This happened to a friend of mine five years ago. Until it happened to someone I knew, I was disgusted by stories like this. It's something as simple as a change in a morning routine and rushing around and being on autopilot for this to happen to anyone. Tragic situation for everyone involved.

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This happened to a friend of mine five years ago. Until it happened to someone I knew, I was disgusted by stories like this. It's something as simple as a change in a morning routine and rushing around and being on autopilot for this to happen to anyone. Tragic situation for everyone involved.
The only problem is, you can't say, "oops!", and the baby is alive.

I don't have any children, but, I am a caregiver to two. They always come first. My precious cargo :)

I'll never understand how you can forget a child. I hope I am never in that situation. I guess we never know how people feel until we are in their shoes.

I know I have days where I try to squeeze in as many errands as possible and I may forget one or run out of time, but, I just don't get forgetting your own baby!

I am sorry for your friend's loss. They must be devastated!

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The only problem is, you can't say, "oops!", and the baby is alive.

I don't have any children, but, I am a caregiver to two. They always come first. My precious cargo :)

I'll never understand how you can forget a child. I hope I am never in that situation. I guess we never know how people feel until we are in their shoes.

I know I have days where I try to squeeze in as many errands as possible and I may forget one or run out of time, but, I just don't get forgetting your own baby!

I am sorry for your friend's loss. They must be devastated!
Devestated doesn't even begin to describe it.

And it was basically the exact same situation as the one in this story. He was taking the baby to day care which was not his normal morning routine. One of the other kids (and the mother) was sick. No charges were presse as it was very clearly an accident.

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Very sad

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Re: Baby Dies; Sperm Donor Forgot to Drop Her at Daycare

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Re: Baby Dies; Sperm Donor Forgot to Drop Her at Daycare

Same thing just happened to a lady here in Kansas City about 2-3 months ago. Sad story.

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Re: Baby Dies; Sperm Donor Forgot to Drop Her at Daycare

Accidents like these can be attributed to behavior called Automaticity. This is where your brain becomes so accustomed to a routine that there isn't any need to focus on the details. Your brain starts to see a familiar routine and goes on auto pilot. Sad every time an accident like this happens because the parent or guardian usually don't realize what has happened until it's too late.

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Re: Baby Dies; Sperm Donor Forgot to Drop Her at Daycare

This also happened to a family here not too long ago

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