Mother warns parents after baby dies in hot day care van

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Joy Green lost her 22-month-old girl, Angel Green, after she died in a hot day care van in 2015.

“When I get inside of my vehicle, all I think about is Angel,” said Joy Green.

The illegal daycare off of Prescott Rd. was shut down and owner Sheila Newman is now in prison.

An EMS official said you need to check the backseat of your car before you get out.

Over the last 20 years 700 children, have died after being left in hot a car, according to Attorney General Jeff Landry. Green is tired of hearing about children dying in hot cars.

“How hot it gets in these vehicles its unbearable, it takes your breath away, nothing that you have going on is that important that you just can’t check,”said Green.

Green said she thinks there should be an app connecting smart phones to baby seats, which she hopes would make a difference.

Attorney General Jeff Landry provided tips below:

  • Leave something in the backseat that you cannot be without – such as a cellphone, a purse, or a shoe. When you go to retrieve it at the end of the ride, you will notice your child.
  • Sit your younger (or quieter) child behind the front passenger seat, where he or she is more likely to catch your eye.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat when it is empty. When you put your child in the seat, move the animal to the front passenger seat. The furry passenger will serve as a reminder that your child is in the back.
  • If someone else is dropping your child off at daycare or school, insist he or she contacts you once the child is delivered safely.
  • Make it a habit to check the backseat each time you get out of the vehicle and before you lock the door, even if you are not transporting your child on that ride. Doing this every time will instill the habit.
  • Never assume someone else (a spouse, an older child, etc.) has taken a young child out of the car seat and vehicle.
  • Keep your vehicle locked and your keys secured out of child’s reach.
  • Teach your child that vehicles are not play spaces. Keep rear fold-down seats upright to prevent crawling into the trunk from inside your vehicle.
  • Get your child out of the vehicle first – and then worry about getting groceries or other items – when you get home, even if the child is sleeping or content.
  • Be on alert for vehicles that might have an unattended child left inside. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, immediately call 911 and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible.

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