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Continued: Moorhead baby left in van dies

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: June 12, 2013 - 11:53 PM

“A parent who’s busy with all these kids and you know, you forgot. You didn’t do it intentionally ­— that’s for sure — and you may not [have] even done it recklessly,” he said. “Every parent and every potential juror who is a parent understands how something like this could happen … but it would be hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.”

A misunderstood problem

Rollins said children being accidentally left behind is a very misunderstood issue.

New parents are often sleep-deprived and stressed, mothers are going through hormone changes and “our human brains don’t function as they normally would under those circumstances.”

The worst thing parents can do, she said, is think that it can’t happen to them.

“Parents make these kinds of inadvertent mistakes every day, but it doesn’t always cost them the life of their child,” Rollins said. “You know, you forget to pick up your kid from soccer practice. It’s the same thing. They just happened to be in a safer place when it happened.”

paul.walsh@startribune.com • 612-673-4482 lydia.coutre@startribune.com • 612-673-4654

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