Mother shares her story of leaving newborn in the backseat

More than three dozen children died from heat exhaustion this year

A Florida mom broke her silence about how she left her newborn in the backseat of her minivan.

She spoke with investigative reporter Louis Bolden.

She is still concerned about backlash from other people, so she's using her the name "Donna," and Donna has a message for other parents.

"We don't think it could ever happen to us until it does," she said.

Nationally, 39 children have died this year from heat exhaustion after being left in hot cars, according to noheatstroke.org. Most people normally think about hot car deaths during the heat of summer, but kids can die in cars when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees.

Donna took her son to a doctor's appointment and accidentally left her 2-month-old daughter, Zia, in the van for nearly an hour.

"That's when I realized, 'Oh, my goodness, I have the baby,'" she said.


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