Awesome kid saving lives with... duct tape?

Right in the middle of a high profile legal case involving a dad who left his son to die in a parked car, a young boy has invented a device to prevent parents from forgetting to take their kids out of the car when they park, according to WKRN TV.

11-year-old Andrew Pelham was reportedly concerned that around 38 children die in parked cars every year in the US, prompting the creative youngster to develop a device made out of duct tape and rubber bands. The device stretches across the driver’s seat door linking it to the back seat. When a parent tries to exit the car, the device gets in the way, reminding him that there’s a child in the back seat.

It’s called the E-Z-Baby Saver, and Andrew has already won a prize for his ingenuity which he says will be a success if it only ever saves one life.

Watch: The full story on the E-Z-Baby Saver via YouTube/WKTV

Hot car used as excuse for "murder"?

A high profile case is currently underway in the States involving a dad who is claiming he left his child in the car for seven hoursby accident, leaving the child to die. Preliminary investigations have allegedly revealed that the man had recently Googled some disturbing search terms such as “child deaths”, “what happens to an animal in a hot car” and “how to survive in prison”. He had also taken out a $US25K insurance policy on the child and was allegedly sexting six different women, including teens, while his son was dying in the car.

He has been charged with murder, and may even face the death penalty if convicted, reported the Daily Mail.

Hot as hell

Hot cars can be extremely dangerous for kids and animals in South Africa. The temperature inside a car rises dramatically in warm temperatures, advancing the risk of heatstroke to anyone inside the vehicle.

Most parents would dismiss the idea that they would be so forgetful as to leave a child in the car, but each year many local children die in this situation.

In recent years public awareness campaigns have led to many cases where bystanders such as security guards have had to smash windows to release children or animals. In these cases, it’s entirely possible that parents or pet owners could be charged with a criminal offence such as child neglect and abuse, or animal abuse.

While the US case appears to be developing against the father who may have used his awareness of the dangers of hot cars for nefarious ends, for most  parents a simple reminder such as Andrew’s invention could help to be the step that helps to prevent a terrible accident.

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