PICTURE: Toddler Left Alone in Hot Car on Willow Pass Rd. in Concord

July 1, 2014 14:25 pm · 89 comments

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A sleeping toddler was left alone in a hot car while his parent went into a bank on Willow Pass Rd. in Concord today, according to an anonymous Claycordian.

The toddler was in the front seat with the windows cracked.

As the witness was taking a picture, the parent came back to the vehicle, got in the car and drove away.

The witness tried to say something to the parent, but he/she didn’t speak English.

This child was also in the front seat, he didn’t have a booster seat, and his head was under the shoulder strap.

His face was blocked out for privacy reasons.

Please, don’t ever leave your child in a hot vehicle.

{ 89 comments }

1 whateves July 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Should have gotten the LP

2 Anne Moss July 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Convenient how people “no hable ingles” when someone says something they dont wish to hear.

3 Jax July 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I know this is the question everyone will be asking. Did the person that snapped the picture call 911 and take the license #? I hope they file a police report and contact CPS!

4 FPB July 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Next time open the door, take the child into the nearest business – THE BANK – and demand they call the police. Don’t take a picture and let the person drive away. This person watched them drive away with the kid in the front seat. So many things wrong with this scenario. Is it even the person in the car’s kid? They could have witnessed a kidnapping if there was no carseat in the car. Step up people.

5 Shannon July 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

They should have taken the license plate number and called the police. Nothing about that is okay.

6 Rebel July 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Hopefully they called the Police!

7 Justin July 1, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I think the lack of proper restraint is even more frightening.

That kid is not in good hands.

8 Erin July 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Please tell me the parent of this child was arrested.

9 Rachel July 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Maybe I wrong but did this person just take a picture? That seems almost as wrong to me as the parent leaving the kids in the car. Instead of posting a pic if how horrible someone is, skip the “publicity” for yourself and just call the police with the license number. Come on people. Just because we can post anything doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to so. Help the kids here.

10 Wall&Broad July 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Obviously the witness did not fear for the toddler’s life otherwise he’d have helped the child rather than take its picture.

11 CLAYCORD.com July 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Nobody should take any child out of a vehicle unless they are in immediate danger. These days, they could be accused of kidnapping.

12 CLAYCORD.com July 1, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The person took the appropriate steps after taking the picture. The person who took the picture isn’t looking for “publicity”, or else they would have wanted their name attached to the photo.

13 WOW July 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

At least she left the kid a Big Gulp … Hey Obama, you watching? Open borders, no citizenship required, Laws? What laws?, give that b*tch a driver’s license too!!!

14 Mossy July 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I am really disappointed in Claycord for posting this…totally inappropriate. This is slimy shock reporting, thought you guys were better than this. Person should of called policed and never sent this to you.

15 Fumunda July 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

It’s a shame , you need to take a test to drive a car. , own a gun , own a business , hell , you may even need to take test to get a job.
But any idiot can have a kid.

16 CLAYCORD.com July 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

If it helps save a child’s life, then it’s 100% worth posting.

17 The heat is not the problem July 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I would not be concerned because of the heat – the car is in the shade (see the shadows?) and the window is down. When I was growing up, we often took naps in 100F heat in the car – with the windows down – because it was more comfortable than inside our hot house!

The main concern should be that the baby was left unattended where someone could kidnap it.

And was not safely restrained for driving.

18 It's not a hot day in downtown Concord July 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I just got back from running an errand, where I jogged 2 blocks down Willow Pass – and it actually felt a bit chilly in the breeze. The car is parked in the shade, the window is down, so it is likely quite comfortable.

19 FPB July 1, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I respectfully disagree Claycord. Taking the child into the bank would not get me accused of kidnapping and as a parent of a toddler myself, I would gladly stand up and defend myself for my actions. Again, no carseat in the offenders car, who is to say THEY are not kidnapping this child and driving away. Each situation is unique and everything about this picture says the child should not be with the person it is with right now as we debate the issue. The heat alone today in Concord is enough to cite someone.

20 Disgraceful. .. July 1, 2014 at 3:02 PM

So many ignorant comments here. Child seat more of an issue here, looks to be in the shade..not all info here..to quick to judge people..handle your own business and be accountable.

21 Always Right July 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I have to disagree with Mossy.

The Mayor did the right thing by posting this story.

People need to constantly be reminded not to do stupid things: Driving intoxicated – leaving kids and dogs in cars – texting while driving – etc.

We learn vicariously – from the bad experiences of others. That is why stories like this are more effective than just a simple written reminder.

22 Rachel July 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Claycord next time include what was done. I said I may be wrong about the “publicity” but honestly that is why many are outraged. The report sounds like this woman just took the pic and gave up. Glad I WAS wrong and I applaud the woman for stepping in. Many apologies for my comment.

23 Heeb July 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Is that a fish on his leg?

24 Doug July 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I agree with the Mayor; take a picture and THEN take the appropriate steps to save a child. The witness is a true hero.

25 Idiots everywhere July 1, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Are you kidding me, it’s cool outside, the windows are down? This person should have called the police immediately, took down the license plate or took a picture of the license.
I would have kept her there, even doing a citizens arrest with witnesses. This is a crime, and you just let them drive off, shame on you!

26 CLAYCORD.com July 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

FPB, I totally agree. I think it would be great to get the child out of the vehicle and bring him/her into the bank, BUT, just be careful doing it, because you could be in a lot of trouble, even if you did try and defend yourself.

27 m July 1, 2014 at 3:23 PM

That window is more than cracked… enough to reach in and unlock the door & kidnap the child.

28 City Girl July 1, 2014 at 3:23 PM

“Nobody should take any child out of a vehicle unless they are in immediate danger. These days, they could be accused of kidnapping.”

It is irresponsible for ANYONE to say that this child may not have been in danger. If that was the case, the woman would not have stopped to take the picture. It IS hot outside in the sun and, I imagine, 20 degrees+ warmer in the car. There were numerous facts that absolutely constituted a phone call to the police:

- a toddler sitting on the front seat
- a toddler w/o a seatbelt
- a toddler abandoned (for who knows how long)
- a toddler abandoned and left in a potentially hot car

No matter the temperature outside or inside the car, it is inappropriate to leave a young child alone in a car.

29 Kari July 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM

#18, I think that the biggest issue here is a lack of proper child restraint. If that car is involved in an accident, that child could end up having life threatening injuries.

30 R July 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Child abuse.

31 Town of busy body wanna be dudley do-rights July 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

The seat belt is a problem. I’ll side with most of you lunatics on that.

Otherwise, the window is rolled down, he’s in the shade, and he’s taking a nap. There is no indication that the kid could not get out of the car (considering he isn’t strapped in at all).

What I would be most worried about, if I left my kid like that, is someone kidnapping him. It looks like now parents in Claycord don’t just have to worry about molesters and creeps snatching their kids out of their car, but ignorant vigilante freaks as well.

32 Led July 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I don’t really get what posting the picture adds to anything here. I think the person did the right thing by documenting, reporting, trying to speak to the person, etc. But I don’t really see how claycord is helping to save lives here – what does the picture add?

33 DOREEN HUEY July 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

she should of called 911 and then the dispatcher would of ask the questions what kind of car licence plate location a little common sense

34 @14 July 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

You must be a new comer. All posts are screened before they are put up including yours.

35 Mother Trucker July 1, 2014 at 3:48 PM

The police would just say, File a report online, bs do your jobs!

36 Horse n around July 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

How about the fact that a person left a child alone in the car with the window rolled down enough for someone to unlock the door and kidnap that baby?

37 Unqualified Parents of Concord July 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Dear humans of Concord -

Please dont have children.
Dont reproduce, for the sake of adding misery to the human race.
Dont reproduce, to spare us frin reading another incident like this one
Dont reproduce, because you will never be able to raise them properly.
Dont reproduce, because you will not show children the love they deserve
Dont reproduce, because your career is more important than your child’s needs.
Dont reproduce so we dont bare witness to you beating them in public.
Dont reproduce so we wont have to hear you complain about them all the time at work.
Dont reproduce, because you are incapable managing your marriage and providing a stable foundation for children to grow up in.
Please dont reproduce.

38 At #2 July 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Why do you immediately assume it was spanish? Do u have proof?

39 Dorothy July 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

@Jax #3 – Agree.

40 At #37 July 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Do learn basic grammar….

41 Unmarried Man July 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Wow, listen to these fools posting today.

Claycord was right to post a pic of this child melting in a hot car. (oh yeah, it is a hot day because when its 85 outside, it is mostlikely 95-100 in the damn car!! Even in shade, fools) By displaying this kind of behavior, it alerts people to the dangers of leaving your child unattended in a hot car!

And to all those fools who want to play tough guy hero and try to break into a car, then run into a store – good luck with that. The driver/parent could have turned around and pressed charges for breaking into their property and potentially kidnapping a child. Think people!!! Best thing is to take a picture of the child, vehicle, license plate and report this to the police.

42 eyewhen July 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

This is exactly why I never put my child in hot car; it’s motorcycles all the way for us.

43 Unqualified Parents of Concord July 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

@ Post 40 -

Only if you dont reproduce.

44 how about July 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Get license plate number, vehilcle description, mother’s description and report to child protective services.
They might pay them a call to advise them

45 Unmarried Man July 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

@It’s not a hot day in downtown Concord -

Please tell me that you are kidding. It was 85 degrees today, and the car was probably hotter even in the shade. It appears to me that you are condoning this kind of behavior. I sincerely hope THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE KIDS!!!!!

46 anonanonagain July 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

It is never okay to leave a child young enough to rely on an adult for their safety in a car alone, hot or otherwise. I don’t care if the bank errand takes 5 minutes, it is not okay people!!! What is wrong with you?!!! My child is my most valuable possession and I take care of my child’s safety and well being as if they are. People who do this are obviously ignorant or are selfish, uncaring, narcissistic twits……

47 @42 July 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

:)

48 Funny July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

@eyewhen

I laughed for a good 3 minutes. Thanks, I needed that.

49 @FPB July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

If I came back to my car and saw you taking my kid, I’d wring your neck before you knew what hit you.

50 Unmarried Man July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

@Unqualified Parents of Concord –

Bravo!!! Well said.

51 fallen angel July 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Everyone is missing the point or shall I say points I.e 1 child should have never been left alone in the vehicle no matter what…..i always wake my baby up to bring her with me when she’s asleep in car I.e 2 the infant toddler was in front seat and without car seat 2things in itself that if car was moving would’ve been against the law so the real issue is the parents parental skills I do agree that this should’ve been reported to police if for nothing else then for the 3simple facts of this person was braking the law

52 Atticus Thraxx July 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

The real crime here is they already have it in flip-flops and Bob Hope shorts out in public. Probably wearing a wife-beater too.

53 Gus July 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

@49 you just earnred the toughest guy on the Internet award. Feel free to masturbate for five minutes as your prize!

54 anon July 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM

@38 Did you see those shorts?
I rest my case.

55 Dwarf? July 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Maybe that’s not even a toddler… Looks like a dwarf to me.. Just saying… Flip flops on a toddlers? No way… Gotta be a Dwarf. Anyone with me?

56 Anon July 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Call the police, except she’s protected by California’s illegal alien sanctuary laws. Thank BoneHead Netta, boys can use the girls restroom, for that.

57 oh sure July 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM

They all pretend they don’t speak English when they are in trouble!

58 Julio July 1, 2014 at 6:51 PM

The right thing to do was post this Mr. Mayor! Thank you. Would be nice if someone recognized the car/child and reported who it was to police also.

Thank you to the citizen who took the photo and took care of business.

59 Nutcreek Frontier July 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Oh no, please just don’t! No justification for this whatsoever…have we not heard enough horrible news stories about kids broiling in cars. I don’t buy the “no habla ingles,” story either, they knew it was wrong!

60 PO'd July 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

If you see this situation:
1- Call 911
2- Take pic of auto
3- Get license #
4- Contact De Saulnier/Bonilla and demand some legislation that will
make lazy irresponsible people pay DUI like fines.for leaving toddlers
and babies unattended in cars.

The ol’ no habla trick, eh? They will understand 9-1-1 (nueve-uno-uno) or Police (policia).

61 Cuzzzzzzz...... July 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Proof that just because some are capable of breeding does not mean they should……………….Geezus H Krist……..So freakin lucky this kid wasn’t kidnapped or molested.

62 RC July 1, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I can’t believe all of the arrogant misguided comments about the photographer and telling Claycord.com that the photographer should have taken the kid out of the car etc. Claycord.com makes perfect common sense. You don’t.know that he/she didn’t take the license plate number and call CPD!
YOU ARE JUST ASSUMING! It’s getting to the point that the comment section is just a place for people to rag on others, just to stroke their over-inflated arrogant egos. SICK!

63 OMG July 1, 2014 at 8:20 PM

OMG! GO BACK AND READ ALL YOUR POSTS YOUR ALL IDIOTS! THE EFFIN KID SHOULD NOT BE LEFT ALONE IN A CAR AND IS NOT EVEN IN A CAR SEAT! REALLY. ALL OF YOU GROW UP!

64 Ms. Jean July 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Mayor, anyone can make a report to Children’s Protective Services at 1-(877) 881-1116. More information can be found at:

http://ca-contracostacounty2.civicplus.com/4357/How-to-Report-Suspected-Child-Abuse

Give them what information you have, and they will investigate.

65 Isabelle July 1, 2014 at 8:31 PM

I say dwarf.

66 Chester E. Kitty July 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I only have one thing to say … I feel really sorry for the kid for having such idiots for parents!

67 Jax July 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

So did the person that submitted this call 911 like they should of?

68 Teri July 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

So many opinions. Some jump to the conclusion that involving the authorities will improve the situation. In that child’s life, staying nearby until the parent returns to make sure the child is safe, sharing your concern with the parent, and asking if they need help finding a free car seat is most likely more welcome than having their parent arrested, being separated from their parent for months, years, or forever, spending years in foster care, in multiple homes, with more chance of being physically or sexually abused, and facing a lifetime of trying to overcome the emotional scars. Today’s foster care is not what it should be. Half the children taken, should have been left at home, statistically children are safer in biological homes than foster homes, and parents across the country report that even when they do everything asked of them, they aren’t getting their children back. What happened to compassion? Are we too busy to simply try to help?

69 Laura Santos July 1, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Your so wrong for saying leave the child in the hot car!!! Are you serious? No no no!! You do what ever you have to to get them out!! You have no idea how long they’ve been left in there. Shame on you for saying to leave them and then call the police!!

70 Marissa July 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

@Jax
Probably not, no one really thinks when it’s time to.

71 J. July 1, 2014 at 9:57 PM

That baby has a big head.

72 Mary July 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

You people who act so horrified are utterly stupid.
Mind your own business! That baby was in good hands.

73 At #54 July 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Did you see your face!
Rest my case

74 Dr. Jellyfinger® July 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Oh……… that fish on the leg is a Filipino thang…. you wouldn’t understand. It supposedly makes the child dream he is a fish in the sea & thusly, keeps him/her cool! Smells like crap tho.

75 MeCrazyWoman July 1, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Never leave a baby unattended in a car period. Too many risks.

76 lights and sirens July 2, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Why is the child in the front seat? And not in a car seat? Because the person in charge of this child thinks she doesn’t have to follow the rules of our state/country. She will just go back to mexico if police step in. And in 2 weeks will come back and live in one tiny apartment with 6 adults and 12 kids. None of which work.. but all get medical and food.

77 lights and sirens July 2, 2014 at 7:09 AM

At Mary! Really the baby is in good hands?? Wow. I surely hope you don’t have children

78 Connie Dobbs July 2, 2014 at 7:39 AM

They’ll stop leaving Baby in the car the first time the kid takes it out of Park.

OK, they’ll stop the third time, when the car rolls into traffic.

79 Laurie July 2, 2014 at 7:58 AM

SMH at some of these comments. This picture should be posted everywhere!!! With all the news stories lately about babies being left in cars and dying, I believe a call to 911 would have had an officer there within a couple minutes. Some of you talk like it’s ok because “it wasn’t that hot out” and “the car is in the shade” Seriously??? After making sure the baby was still breathing I would have taken a picture of the baby, the car, the license plate, and the idiot people that left that baby unattended. I really hope the cops followed up on this. If she’s done it once she’ll do it again. That poor, poor baby.

80 legaly able to do July 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Step 1. Call 911
Step 2. tell 911 you are entering the vehicle because you believe the child is in immediate danger.
Step 3. B*(ch slap the parent.

All persons acting in the protection of a child are immune from civil and criminal prosecution in CA.
The witness would have been protected from any crime should they have removed the child from the car, provided they had called or were on the phone with 911.

81 WCmom July 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Amen, #37 ‘Unqualified…’

82 Unmarried Man July 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

@Mary -

Please just do us all a favor and go to hell. I bet you were the one who was responsible for that poor unattended baby.

In that case, hopefully Claycord can track your a$$ down

83 Hervé Villechaize July 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

The window is open & Baby has an icy cold refreshment. He’s fine.

84 joe July 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I ask why do people immediately want to call police? Call an emergency paramedic response team! Not one mention of that? You can do the same thing a cop can do! Get help fast! Immediately! If it looks life threatening! Save a life!

85 anonanonagain July 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

@ Mary, you must have hit the Jack Daniels bottle a little hard. One should never leave a small child that relies on an adult for their well being in a car, period. People that are saying that they could leave their children in cars eons ago are forgetting that pedophiles, soaring temperatures, and horrendous tragedies happened then too……

86 Just me 2 July 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

@ Anne Moss “Convenient how people “no hable ingles” when someone says something they dont wish to hear” My are’nt we racist – is it possible that it was a middle eastern person, Asian, or Indian? Why do we have to assume they were Mexican?

87 sam July 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM

IMMEDIATELY CALL 911; let the police dispatch decide the most prudent course of action.

88 John Pope July 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I have no problem with people jeopardizing the lives of themselves and their children. Look around and tell me there aren’t enough people on this planet and I’ll change my mind. Society doesn’t need more people who take risks or exhibit poor judgement.

89 Happens everywhere July 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM

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