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The Covington News - - OPINION -

This past week a fa­ther in Ma­ri­etta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and for­got he had done it, in­stead driv­ing to work.

When he came out from work on the 93-de­gree day he re­al­ized he had left his son strapped in his seat with the win­dows rolled up.

He tried ev­ery­thing in his power to re­vive his son. This had to be the cru­elest way of dy­ing for the 22 month old.

The fa­ther was, and we are sure still is, distraught and de­spon­dent of be­ing the in­stru­ment that led to his son’s death.

In to­day’s tur­bu­lent, stress-filled world we can un­der­stand that you could start out on one project and start think­ing of an­other and com­pletely for­get the project that you started out to ac­com­plish.

That it is why each of us, es­pe­cially when chil­dren are in­volved, needs to put ev­ery­thing aside and deal with other’s needs first.

The fa­ther has been ar­rested for felony mur­der in the death of his son. In this case, it ap­pears to us that the pun­ish­ment and tor­ment this fa­ther is go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the rest of his life is more than the pun­ish­ment he will re­ceive of be­ing locked up in the Cobb County jail.

Again we urge you, our reader, for the rest of the sum­mer to never leave your child in a parked car even when run­ning a small er­rand. And never leave your child unat­tended by wa­ter of any kind, even for a few min­utes. Be­cause those few min­utes could cause you pain for the rest of your life.

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