A grief-stricken Dallas woman, whose 2-year-old daughter died recently after being left in the back of a hot SUV, wants her tragedy to serve as a lesson to others.
“I forgot to hand count every last one of my babies,” the mother of seven, Khalilah Busby, said through tears Saturday when she spoke to KTVT News.
“Just count y’all babies,” she said, seemingly as a warning to others.
Busby told KTVT she accidentally left 2-year-old Nariyah Raufu strapped in her carseat in the back seat of her Honda Pilot on Friday afternoon after returning home a nearby park.
She said somebody with her told her all of the children had gotten out of the car and she thought all of her kids were inside taking a nap.
Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez said Nariyah’s father didn’t realize the mistake until he went outside later to work on the vehicle.
“He immediately removed the child from the vehicle and took her inside where he called 911 as the mother performed CPR for approximately 30 minutes,” Gutierrez told WFAA News.
Nariyah was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Child Protective Services and the Dallas police are reportedly investigating the incident, but no charges have been filed. Investigators believe Nariyah was in the back of the SUV for over an hour.
The National Weather Service indicated the temperature reached as high as 98 degrees Friday at nearby Love Field, WFAA reports.
According to information provided to The Dallas Morning News by the advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide, four children died in hot cars in Texas last year. Nariyah’s death is believed to be the first in Texas in 2015.
On hot days, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, according to the group.
Busby told KTVT that parents should have a list of their children and check that list when loading and unloading the family car on hot days.
“Count them faithfully, ‘cause that’s where I messed up at,” she said.
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