Lyn shares her heartbreaking story of accidentally leaving her 9-month-old son in the car, where he died of hyperthermia, or heat stroke. If you think this can’t happen to you, think again.
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Lyn: When Brace was born we were so overjoyed. He is seen to smile from the minute that he was born and there is no greater joy to be a mother. But on March 30th, 2007 my world crashed. This day was different than any other day. My husband normally drove to work. This particular morning I was dropping my husband off then the baby, normally when I take Brace to daycare I put him behind the passenger seat and this morning my husband put him behind me in the driver seat and normally the diaper bag is put with my purse in the passenger seat but my husband put it in the back seat on the floorboard. I remember dropping off my husband and then I remember dropping Brace off. The homecare provider called me, she asked me how Brace was doing and I said what do you mean? He is there with you, she says no Lyn, you didn’t drop him off this morning. And as I ran to the car the whole morning moments kept flashing through my mind, it’s the longest hundred feet of my life. When I opened the door I saw my son in his car seat just motionless and I knew that he was not breathing, I just started screaming god no please, god no and I took him out of the car and put him on the ground to start to see of her and I was hoping because that had been only 66 degrees was the high that day that he wasn’t gone. A parents worst nightmare. Female Speaker: According to police sources, the baby had been left in the car for nearly eight hours. She was charged with killing her son but in the end the Jury decided Lyn Balfour for did not act criminally by leaving her son Brace in the car. Lyn: I still feel responsible everyday and all never go and I had made a promise to Brace, the last time I kissed him, good bye in the hospital that I would do everything I could to make sure that no other parent had to feel like I do every single day that he is gone.

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