Ooops I Left The Baby In The Car

March 24th, 2006 // 8 Comments

ordinarypeople Maybe he just forgot to have his coffee in the morning.

Commuters racing to catch the train typically forget things in the car — keys, wallets, briefcases. But a baby daughter? That’s what happened Thursday just north of Washington, police say.

“Dad forgot baby was in the car, parked the car, got on the Metro,” said Lucille Baur, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department.

“I don’t know exactly when he got the memory flash, but he was in D.C. when it was the horrible defining moment, ‘Oh my goodness, I think I’ve left my child back in my car,’” Baur said.

At that point, she said, Jonathan Sander got off the southbound train and onto a northbound one, returning to the Shady Grove Metrorail station about 12 miles north of Washington.

By that time, other commuters had noticed the 7 1/2-month-old girl in the back seat of the car, firefighters had opened the locked door and the child had been taken to a hospital as a precaution. She was reunited there with her mother.

“Child Protective Services was comfortable with releasing the child back to the mom,” said Baur. “We all believe that the child was not intentionally left in the car.”

Sander, described as “terrified, embarrassed,” was charged with leaving a child under 8 unattended in a car or building. He could face a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.

Man Catches Train, Forgets Baby in Car [AP]

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. lisa

    Unfortunately, that is not the first time I’ve heard of this happening.

  2. This happened in my town...

    This happened in my town, on the same metro stop my husband takes every day. What kind of an idiot can forget his baby? Ugh….but he didn’t get into serious trouble. A criminal citation…

  3. lisa

    There was a situation here in metro Atlanta where a Grandmotherleft her Grandchild in the car and went in to work.

    It was summer, the temperature inside the car became lethal, and the child died.


  4. C

    It was later revealed that Jonathan Sander was an alias used by Kevin Federline.

  5. las

    I’m waiting to hear of this happening to Britney.

    “The horrible paparazzi made me so nervous and forgetful that I locked my baby in the car all day while I shopped at Walmart. I’m a good mom! I love my baby! It’s the paparazzi’s fault.”

    Seriously, it’s appalling that that guy could be so DUMB. If I were married, and my husband did that, he would be TOAST.

  6. Small Fry

    I read about this yesterday on CNN and thought “That dudes getting a divorce when he gets home.” I actually feel really sorry for him.

    Now I’ve heard stories of people leaving their kids in the car on purpose and the kids dying of heat stroke. So sad. I don’t think I’d be able to live with myself if I did this to my daughter.

  7. jj

    My friends husband fell asleep one day when she went to pick up the kids from school. When she returned to find that her two and half year old had gotten out and managed to walk to a nieghbors house. Thank got it was the babysitter. They lived in a large apartment builing – the babysitter was on the fourth floor and they lived on the first floor. All he could say was “hes safe isn’t he”.

  8. Draya

    This dumb bastard is probably STILL getting his ass chewed by his wife.

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