Omaha, Nebraska: A woman taking her niece out of the SUV after an outing to the pool was shocked when the wind blew the door shut with her keys and the child inside. The car automatically locked. The aunt, the girl’s mom, and two other relatives frantically tried to get the door open using a hanger and screwdriver, and, when they couldn’t, they called 911. The cops arrived, broke the window, and got the child out, safe and sound.
Then the cops ticketed the mom on suspicion of child abuse by neglect.
As The Omaha World-Herald reports:
Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman, said the ticket was not an overreaction by the officer who responded to the 911 call.
“We make decisions in the moment with all the information we have available,” she said. “This can be a super dangerous situation. People die in these circumstances.”
Children die when they are forgotten in cars, not