One of the saddest news stories is always when we hear about the death of a child. It is even sadder when it is more than one child. That was the news in May 2018 when twin infants were left in a hot car for several hours.
The four-month-old infants from Chesterfield, Virginia were unresponsive when police officers came to the SUV. The father had accidentally left them inside the car.
The New York Times reported the following:
“Dozens of children die of heatstroke each year in cars whose temperatures, even on relatively mild days, can quickly soar past 100 degrees. Many of those children were left behind by a distracted caregiver. …
“Safety advocates have tried to educate caregivers through appearances on television shows, advertising campaigns, literature, and more. Some efforts have included tips, such as putting one’s briefcase or purse next to the child, in hopes of helping caregivers remember the child in back.”
They sometimes say that necessity is the mother of invention and a 14-year-old middle school student saw the necessity to come up with a solution. Hannah Rhudy heard about the twins from her hometown and it deeply disturbed her. She loves children and even hopes to be a kindergarten teacher someday.
Hannah knew that there must be something that could keep this tragic occurrence from happening to other children. Rather than just thinking about it, she came up with a solution and is now being called a hometown hero: