Is it dangerous to leave your kids in the car while you go into a store?

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Kim Brooks left her 4-year-old son in the car while she ran into Target to get him a pair of headphones. It was a cool day, the windows were cracked, the doors were child-locked, and the alarm was on. He was happily playing with his iPad. She estimates he was alone for five minutes. Someone took a video and called the police. A year later, Brooks was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Kim Brooks. Credit: Sarah Shatz. 

Credits

Guest:
Kim Brooks - author of “Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear” - @KA_Brooks

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or