Here in Florida the story of a Girl, 2 1/2, found dead in van at Delray Beach day care center has received much attention the past couple of days.
The story has become all too familiar. Somehow the child was overlooked in the daycare center van and left for up to six hours in the suffocating heat.
The Palm Beach Post article concludes:
In the past 10 years in the U.S., about 450 youngsters locked in cars have died from hyperthermia. The average annual number of deaths is 37.
Every single case is a heart-wrenching tragedy. Each time this happens we question: “Why didn’t anybody notice?” Tragically, no one did notice 450 times over the past ten years in the US.
My attention was caught by a comment about this story on Facebook. Essentially, the commenter said, “Prayers for the family. They need to put the person who did this in a hot van for six hours.”
No, we need to pray for ALL involved.
Prayers for the family.
Prayers for her friends.
Prayers for the daycare center workers.
Prayers for the emergency personnel called to the scene.
Prayers for the person who failed to notice that a child was left in the van.
I cannot imagine how devastated the family must feel. Or her friends. Or the daycare center workers. Or the people called to the scene. …Or the person who left the child and must now live with that knowledge for a lifetime.
We must not pick and choose who is worthy of our prayers. This was a terrible thing and all involved need our prayers.
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