OK, I know it's a major freak-out situation, and I recall (clearly) my calls for the death penalty on people who do this sort of thing back in the early '90s when the first case of this was publicized, but I have come to see that it's a horrible tragedy, and I sure shouldn't pass judgment like that, on people I don't know, etc.
So, I have seen that some people are simply DEVASTATED when they realize the mistake they made. Sometimes, you just have to feel for them, and just know that they will have to live with this the rest of their lives. Some will end up committing suicide. I don't know - I guess I have changed my stance over the years simply because I saw a couple of these people on the news, and they were absolutely distraught.
Manslaughter charges, investigation, see what happened, and go from there. Sort of makes me sick when I think about it, but it's more for the kids.
Now, if it was some lady who was hookin' to buy more drugs and left the baby in the car, and it wasn't a big deal to her - sure, I'd think differently. But an honest (but tragic) mistake just leaves me feeling mixed up.
It's sad all around, folks. I'm not going to shout anyone down, so please don't take it that way, but I'm just offering a different perspective that's been tempered by some things I've seen. Some folks would say I'm conservative in many aspects, and it was hard for me to accept the fact that someone could screw up so badly - but in the past 3 years or so, I have accepted it, as odd as that may seem.
So, I guess I'm just going to leave it at this: Pause for just a bit and know that NORMAL folks don't do this type of thing UNDER NORMAL circumstances. But for a working single mother who never gets enough sleep, has a lot of stuff on her mind between work and such, then she's got to deal with lousy rush-hour traffic, it seems to STILL be a bit difficult to screw up like that, but it DOES happen. As a traveler, I know people who have left their laptops in the hotel, left their suitcase in the trunk of the rental car, and all the things that you can't imagine they'd screw up, all because they weren't RIVETED to their normal routine and got distracted by one little thing. Hell, there was a professional skydiver who jumped out of an airplane while filming someone else, and forgot his parachute. How could he screw up like that? Well, it happens. I'm sure he got distracted because he was making sure the camcorder was shooting everything just right, then he was thinking about filming, and parachuting was all secondary to that. There was video he took of him jumping, the tandem people following, their chute opening, and him reaching for the handle and scarmbling and twisting. Can you imagine falling all that time and what you'd be thinking? Now, imagine having another 40 years to think about that one silly, petty thing that you let distract you. I'm confident it would consume me.
OK, sorry; please do think what you will, but that's my thought on it these days, and those are the reasons offered. Nothing any of us can say would make the situation suck any less. I suppose I have seen some great people screw up little things, and I can sort of imagine how this might unfold.