An Arizona mother was caught on a police body camera footage immediately after she forgot her baby daughter in her hot car. Stacy Holly was absolutely distraught about forgetting her baby in the car but thankfully her 5-month old daughter was fine.
Holly was out shopping with her sister, her six-year-old daughter and infant daughter in Goodyear, AZ when they parked their car and went into Target without the baby. It was 100 degrees on that June day and by the time police arrived at the parking lot, Holly was holding her daughter after returning to the car. She couldn't believe that she forgot her daughter like that.
Holly's sister called 911 and Holly was crying by the time police arrived on the scene.
She was seen on camera saying, "I don't know, I honestly don't know how it happened. I don't ... I'm freaking out, I'm sorry. I just, I don't know how it happened. Like, how do you forget your baby?" It's estimated that the baby was in the car for about 50 minutes but she did recover and is doing well. She was taken to a hospital and released. Holly was arrested on June 16th. She was charged with child abuse and endangerment.
According to police, Holly told detectives that she was glad she got arrested and said in their official statement that she told them, "I cannot give you an answer ... I don't know how I forgot her" when asked how she could have forgotten her baby. Especially after bringing her other daughter inside. She pleaded not guilty and will be back in court in September.
So far 35 children have died this year in hot car accidents with ten alone being in August according to KidsandCars.org. The non-profit is dedicated to all things car safety for babies and young children. Currently, they're trying to pass the Hot Cars Act through congress which would require automakers to install rear occupant alarms in all vehicles and include them in all future cars.
This is a real problem and usually happens when the parent is on autopilot. They're placing such focus on a task, they forget a quiet baby in a back seat. Most don't realize until it is too late. You never think it will happen to you but many of these parents who have lost children in hot car deaths think the same thing. Holly was lucky she remembered in time and was able to rescue her baby.
We're so glad this story had a happy ending and the baby is just fine.