A man was arrested for leaving a toddler in a car while he was inside a local gaming establishment. El Paso police report that 22-year-old Angel Mendez was found inside Speaking Rock Entertainment Center. The 14-month-old child was unharmed and returned to his mother. Mendez was charged with Abandoning or Endangering a Child with Intent to Return. The relationship between Mendez and the child, or the child’s mother, was not reported.

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So, this should go without saying: you should never, ever, ever leave a child unattended in a car NO MATTER what time of year it is. Just take the child out of the car with you, guys. If you can’t take a child into the place you want to go in, DON’T GO. Period.

That being said…here are the seasons ranked first to worst for leaving a toddler in a car. Again, NO season is acceptable.


1.)    FALL

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Some people would argue for Spring but, in my experience Spring can still be a little chilly. Summer doesn’t officially start until June so it COULD be hot depending on where you live.


2.)    WINTER

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I’m thinking “El Paso winter” here. It can get cold at night but it would probably take several hours for frostbite to set in.


3.)    SPRING

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(See #1 Fall, above)

As established in entry number one, early Spring can be too Winter-like and late Spring can be too Summery.


4.)    SUMMER

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Photo by Ethan Robertson on Unsplash
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By a landslide, it is the WORST season to leave a toddler locked in a car.  You wouldn’t leave a gallon of ice cream or your LP collection in a hot car in the summer so you shouldn’t leave a toddler in there either.  Again… I want to be crystal clear on this…NEVER leave an unattended toddler in a car while you go in to play pseudo-slot machines or whatever.

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