Infant Left in Truck


Here is another story for my what were they thinking file. According to, a couple from Bartholomew County Indiana decided to leave their four-month old infant in their truck while they went shopping.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Tompkins made the 911 call Monday evening. He said he’d just pulled into the Jay C grocery store parking lot in Columbus when someone alerted him about the baby.

“As soon as I got up to the truck I could hear a baby screaming in the back seat,” said Tompkins. “I didn’t even think. I just, was like, this kid needs to get out of there.”

The temperature outside was around 75 degrees and although the truck windows were rolled down, Tompkins said the baby was in distress from the heat.

“When I pulled the child out of the seat I had to take a fleece blanket off of him,” he explained. “When I pulled him out of the seat, I immediately felt that his outfit was soaked through with sweat. And I could notice that there was water droplets on his head and on his face where he’d been sweating. And he’d also spit up. So there was vomit down his chin and all down, all the way down his belly.”

Tompkins said he held onto the baby until an ambulance showed up. Then, he said, the boy’s parents came out of the grocery store.

“It might have been 20 or 30 minutes before I’d seen the woman come out of the store.”

He said the couple is lucky the situation didn’t end worse.

“You can’t leave a child that young alone for any amount of time,” said Tompkins. “It’s a potentially fatal situation.”

It wasn’t quite as bad as it might have been. The temperature was not too hot and the baby was unharmed, but how could anyone leave an infant alone for any length of time? Four month old babies are completely helpless and there is no telling what could have happened. And, since they were a couple, if they didn’t want to take the baby into the store, couldn’t one of them stay behind to baby-sit?

I have to wonder if these people were thinking at all.



The History of Iran

The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs is not so much a history book as a timeline of events in Iranian history. There is little explanation of the historical events, just lists of dates. Kings and dynasties are introduced but to the reader unfamiliar with the history of the region, the foreign names seem to blend together with little to distinguish them.

The writing is not bad and this book is useful as a timeline, especially for the thirty years of the Islamic Republic. Still, most of the information in this book could easily be found online or in a decent encyclopedia, or even in Wikipedia for that matter. I was somewhat disappointed that there was not more to it and I don’t really feel that it is worth the price I paid for it.


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