Parents Of Boy Who Died In Hot Car Turning Grief Into Action | TODAY


>>>WELCOME BACK.>>>WELCOME BACK. THEY ARE HEARTBREAKING AND THEY ARE HEARTBREAKING AND PREVENTABLE TRAGEDIES. PREVENTABLE TRAGEDIES. CHILDREN LEFT IN HOT CARS. CHILDREN LEFT IN HOT CARS. THIS MORNING, ANOTHER STORY THIS MORNING, ANOTHER STORY RELEASED ABOUT AN ARIZONA MOTHER RELEASED ABOUT AN ARIZONA MOTHER ARRESTED FOR LEAVING HER ARRESTED FOR LEAVING HER 5-MONTH-OLD IN A CAR FOR NEARLY 5-MONTH-OLD IN A CAR FOR NEARLY AN HOUR. AN HOUR.>>THANKFULLY, THAT CHILD>>THANKFULLY, THAT CHILD SURVIVED. SURVIVED. SO FAR THIS YEAR, ACROSS THE SO FAR THIS YEAR, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, 35 CHILDREN HAVE DIED COUNTRY, 35 CHILDREN HAVE DIED IN HOT CARS ACCORDING TO THE IN HOT CARS ACCORDING TO THE NONPROFIT KIDS IN CARS.ORG. NONPROFIT KIDS IN CARS.ORG.>>THIS MORNING, WE’RE GOING>>THIS MORNING, WE’RE GOING BEHIND THE HEADLINE WITH ONE BEHIND THE HEADLINE WITH ONE COUPLE ON A MISSION, INSPIRED BY COUPLE ON A MISSION, INSPIRED BY THEIR OWN UNTHINKABLE LOSS. THEIR OWN UNTHINKABLE LOSS.>>OH!>>OH! HELLO MY LITTLE MAN. HELLO MY LITTLE MAN.>>Reporter: IN MARCH 2008,>>Reporter: IN MARCH 2008, MILES AND CAROL HARRISON BECAME MILES AND CAROL HARRISON BECAME PROUD PARENTS. PROUD PARENTS.>>CHASE WAS ABOUT A YEAR AND A>>CHASE WAS ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF WHEN WE ADOPTED HIM FROM HALF WHEN WE ADOPTED HIM FROM RUSSIA. RUSSIA. HE WAS A WONDERFUL LITTLE BOY. HE WAS A WONDERFUL LITTLE BOY.>>I REMEMBER THESE BRILLIANT>>I REMEMBER THESE BRILLIANT BLUE EYES. BLUE EYES.>>Reporter: THAT JULY, CHASE>>Reporter: THAT JULY, CHASE WAS SUPPOSED TO GO TO DAY CARE, WAS SUPPOSED TO GO TO DAY CARE, AND IT WAS MILES’ TURN TO DROP AND IT WAS MILES’ TURN TO DROP HIM OFF BEFORE HEADING TO THE HIM OFF BEFORE HEADING TO THE OFFICE. OFFICE.>>I WAS ALL SORTS OF THICKNGS>>I WAS ALL SORTS OF THICKNGS GOING ON AT WORK. GOING ON AT WORK. I’M DROPPING CHASE OFF, WHICH IS I’M DROPPING CHASE OFF, WHICH IS A NEW THING FOR ME. A NEW THING FOR ME.>>Reporter: MILES SAYS HE WAS>>Reporter: MILES SAYS HE WAS ON AUTOPILOT WHEN HE BYPASSED ON AUTOPILOT WHEN HE BYPASSED THE DAY CARE AND DROVE TO WORK. THE DAY CARE AND DROVE TO WORK.>>I GO INTO MY OFFICE, AND I>>I GO INTO MY OFFICE, AND I WORK A COMPLETE DAY. WORK A COMPLETE DAY. ABOUT 5:00, A COLLEAGUE OF MINE ABOUT 5:00, A COLLEAGUE OF MINE COMES UP TO MY OFFICE AND SAYS, COMES UP TO MY OFFICE AND SAYS, HEY, DO YOU HAVE A DOLL IN YOUR HEY, DO YOU HAVE A DOLL IN YOUR CAR? CAR? I JUST THEN REALIZED. I JUST THEN REALIZED. OH, MY GOD. OH, MY GOD. I PULL OPEN THE CAR DOOR, AND I I PULL OPEN THE CAR DOOR, AND I SEE — SEE –>>Reporter: WHILE PARAMEDICS>>Reporter: WHILE PARAMEDICS ATTEMPTED TO SAVE CHASE, MILES ATTEMPTED TO SAVE CHASE, MILES CALLED CAROL. CALLED CAROL.>>HE JUST SAID, I FORGOT CHASE.>>HE JUST SAID, I FORGOT CHASE. I’M LIKE, WHAT? I’M LIKE, WHAT?>>Reporter: CHASE DIED IN THE>>Reporter: CHASE DIED IN THE BACKSEAT OF HIS FATHER’S SUV BACKSEAT OF HIS FATHER’S SUV THAT DAY. THAT DAY. MILES WAS CHARGED WITH MILES WAS CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND FOUND NOT GUILTY. FOUND NOT GUILTY.>>I WAS GUILTY OF MAKING A>>I WAS GUILTY OF MAKING A TERRIBLE MISTAKE, ONE THAT I TERRIBLE MISTAKE, ONE THAT I HAVE NOT YET FORGIVENESS MYSELF HAVE NOT YET FORGIVENESS MYSELF FOR. FOR.>>Reporter: TODAY, THE>>Reporter: TODAY, THE HARRISONS SHARE THEIR STORY. HARRISONS SHARE THEIR STORY.>>IMPLEMENT SOME SORT OF A CAR>>IMPLEMENT SOME SORT OF A CAR WARNING SYSTEM. WARNING SYSTEM.>>Reporter: WHILE FIGHTING FOR>>Reporter: WHILE FIGHTING FOR THE HOT CARS ACT OF 2019, THE HOT CARS ACT OF 2019, LEGISLATION THAT MAY HELP SAVE LEGISLATION THAT MAY HELP SAVE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN LEFT ALONE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN LEFT ALONE IN VEHICLES. IN VEHICLES.>>MILES AND CAROL HARRISON ARE>>MILES AND CAROL HARRISON ARE HERE THIS MORNING. HERE THIS MORNING. THIS STORY BRINGS US ALL TO THIS STORY BRINGS US ALL TO TEARS. TEARS. FIRST, I NEED TO ASK, WHAT KIND FIRST, I NEED TO ASK, WHAT KIND OF BOY WAS YOUR SON? OF BOY WAS YOUR SON?>>HE WAS WONDERFUL.>>HE WAS WONDERFUL. AS WE SAID IN THE CLIP, HE WAS AS WE SAID IN THE CLIP, HE WAS ADOPTED FROM RUSSIA. ADOPTED FROM RUSSIA. WE BROUGHT HIM HOME. WE BROUGHT HIM HOME. FROM THE MINUTE HE CAME HOME, HE FROM THE MINUTE HE CAME HOME, HE WAS HAPPY, WHICH WAS A LITTLE WAS HAPPY, WHICH WAS A LITTLE UNUSUAL FOR A KID FROM AN UNUSUAL FOR A KID FROM AN ORPHANAGE. ORPHANAGE. HE HAD A WONDERFUL SMILE, AS YOU HE HAD A WONDERFUL SMILE, AS YOU CAN SEE. CAN SEE. HE JUST OPENED UP TO US HE JUST OPENED UP TO US IMMEDIATELY. IMMEDIATELY. HUGS AND, YOU KNOW, HE WAS HUGS AND, YOU KNOW, HE WAS LEARNING LIKE CRAZY EVERY DAY. LEARNING LIKE CRAZY EVERY DAY. HE JUST WANTED TO SEE THE NEXT, HE JUST WANTED TO SEE THE NEXT, YOU KNOW — THE NEXT DAY, THE YOU KNOW — THE NEXT DAY, THE NEXT FUN DAY WITH MOM AND DAD. NEXT FUN DAY WITH MOM AND DAD. IT WAS — HE WAS A JOY. IT WAS — HE WAS A JOY.>>THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL>>THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL WATCH THIS AND SAY WRESTLE WITH WATCH THIS AND SAY WRESTLE WITH IT, RIGHT? IT, RIGHT? I REMEMBER WHEN WE FIRST HEARD I REMEMBER WHEN WE FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE STORY RECENTLY, ABOUT THE STORY RECENTLY, EVERYBODY IMMEDIATELY WAS LIKE, EVERYBODY IMMEDIATELY WAS LIKE, WHAT KIND OF PARENT WOULD LEAVE WHAT KIND OF PARENT WOULD LEAVE THEIR KID IN THE CAR? THEIR KID IN THE CAR? DON’T YOU REMEMBER PUTTING HIM DON’T YOU REMEMBER PUTTING HIM IN? IN? DON’T YOU REMEMBER STRAPPING DON’T YOU REMEMBER STRAPPING THEM IN? THEM IN? HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW? HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW? HOW DO YOU NOT REMEMBER. HOW DO YOU NOT REMEMBER. WE SEE YOUR GRIEF, SO WE KNOW WE SEE YOUR GRIEF, SO WE KNOW YOU WERE CLEARLY ON AUTOPILOT. YOU WERE CLEARLY ON AUTOPILOT. WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT HAPPENED?>>YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW WHAT>>YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. HAPPENED. I AM THE PARENT THAT WOULD SAY, I AM THE PARENT THAT WOULD SAY, THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU. THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU. I’M STILL THOSE PARENTS. I’M STILL THOSE PARENTS. FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ANGRY, FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ANGRY, FRUSTRATED, DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW FRUSTRATED, DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THIS COULD HAPPEN, I AM STILL THIS COULD HAPPEN, I AM STILL THAT PARENT, TOO. THAT PARENT, TOO. I’M SO ANGRY WITH MYSELF AND SO I’M SO ANGRY WITH MYSELF AND SO ASHAMED AT WHAT I HAD DONE. ASHAMED AT WHAT I HAD DONE.>>YOU PUT HIM IN AND THEN>>YOU PUT HIM IN AND THEN SOMETHING CAME UP AT WORK, SO SOMETHING CAME UP AT WORK, SO YOU BYPASSED THE EXIT AND YOU YOU BYPASSED THE EXIT AND YOU WENT INTO WORK MODE? WENT INTO WORK MODE?>>IT WAS A NEW — KIND OF A NEW>>IT WAS A NEW — KIND OF A NEW PROCESS FOR US. PROCESS FOR US. YOU KNOW, I HAD A BROKEN ANKLE. YOU KNOW, I HAD A BROKEN ANKLE. I HAVE A LOT GOING ON AT WORK. I HAVE A LOT GOING ON AT WORK. I HAD NEVER REALLY DONE THIS. I HAD NEVER REALLY DONE THIS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. JUST I WENT TO WORK. JUST I WENT TO WORK. THAT’S ALL I CAN TELL YOU. THAT’S ALL I CAN TELL YOU. I WENT TO WORK. I WENT TO WORK.>>YOU WERE CHARGED WITH>>YOU WERE CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, EVENTUALLY FOUND NOT GUILTY. EVENTUALLY FOUND NOT GUILTY. HAVE YOU FORGIVENESS YOURSELF? HAVE YOU FORGIVENESS YOURSELF?>>NO.>>NO. NO. NO. FOR PEOPLE THAT — I DON’T KNOW FOR PEOPLE THAT — I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY THAT HAS DONE WHAT I ANYBODY THAT HAS DONE WHAT I HAVE DONE THAT EVER WILL EVER HAVE DONE THAT EVER WILL EVER REALLY FORGIVE THEMSELVES. REALLY FORGIVE THEMSELVES. I PERSONALLY DON’T KNOW HOW I’M I PERSONALLY DON’T KNOW HOW I’M GOING TO. GOING TO.>>BUT YOU GUYS ARE DOING>>BUT YOU GUYS ARE DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO MAKE SOME EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO MAKE SOME CHANGES. CHANGES. I MEAN, YOU’VE BEEN WORKING WITH I MEAN, YOU’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THIS BILL THAT YOU’RE HOPING THIS BILL THAT YOU’RE HOPING GETS PASSED TO, WHAT, ADD NEW GETS PASSED TO, WHAT, ADD NEW TECHNOLOGY TO CARS SO THAT — I TECHNOLOGY TO CARS SO THAT — I MEAN, THEY BEEP AS IF THEY WOULD MEAN, THEY BEEP AS IF THEY WOULD IF THE LIGHT WAS ON IN YOUR CAR. IF THE LIGHT WAS ON IN YOUR CAR. IT IS AMAZING THEY BEEP FOR A IT IS AMAZING THEY BEEP FOR A LIGHT AND NOT FOR A CHILD IN THE LIGHT AND NOT FOR A CHILD IN THE BACKSEAT. BACKSEAT.>>YEAH.>>YEAH. WE ARE — BOTH CAROL AND I HAVE WE ARE — BOTH CAROL AND I HAVE DEDICATED ANY FREE TIME THAT WE DEDICATED ANY FREE TIME THAT WE CAN GRAB TO SUPPORTING THE CAN GRAB TO SUPPORTING THE PASSAGE OF SOMETHING CALLED THE PASSAGE OF SOMETHING CALLED THE HOT CAR ACT. HOT CAR ACT. AND THE HOT CAR ACT STIPULATES AND THE HOT CAR ACT STIPULATES THAT THERE MUST BE A WARNING THAT THERE MUST BE A WARNING SYSTEM TO ALERT PARENTS THAT SYSTEM TO ALERT PARENTS THAT THERE IS A — THERE IS A LIVE THERE IS A — THERE IS A LIVE CHILD, PET, ADULT, ANYBODY IN CHILD, PET, ADULT, ANYBODY IN THE BACKSEAT. THE BACKSEAT. SO IF THE PARENT WOULD LEAVE OR SO IF THE PARENT WOULD LEAVE OR THE DRIVER WOULD LEAVE THE CAR THE DRIVER WOULD LEAVE THE CAR AND YOU DON’T GO TO THE AND YOU DON’T GO TO THE BACKSEAT, THEN THERE WOULD BE AN BACKSEAT, THEN THERE WOULD BE AN ALERT. ALERT. NOW, THE ONE WE’RE SUPPORTING IS NOW, THE ONE WE’RE SUPPORTING IS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BILL. BILL.>>BECAUSE THERE ARE TWO>>BECAUSE THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS, RIGHT, THE HOUSE AND VERSIONS, RIGHT, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE? THE SENATE?>>YEAH.>>YEAH. THERE’S THE HOUSE AND THE THERE’S THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. SENATE. THE HOUSE BILL HAS SOMETHING THE HOUSE BILL HAS SOMETHING THAT’S WHAT I’M CALLING A REAL THAT’S WHAT I’M CALLING A REAL DETECTION. DETECTION. IN FACT, CAROL AND I JUST BOUGHT IN FACT, CAROL AND I JUST BOUGHT A NEW CAR. A NEW CAR. WE BOUGHT THE CAR LITERALLY WE BOUGHT THE CAR LITERALLY BECAUSE WHEN WE WERE LOOKING AT BECAUSE WHEN WE WERE LOOKING AT THE CAR FOR THE FIRST TIME — THE CAR FOR THE FIRST TIME –>>WITH THE SALESMAN.>>WITH THE SALESMAN.>>OUR DAUGHTER GOT INTO THE>>OUR DAUGHTER GOT INTO THE BACKSEAT, LIKE YOU WOULD. BACKSEAT, LIKE YOU WOULD.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>A NEW CAR, IT’S FUN.>>A NEW CAR, IT’S FUN.>>THE SALESMAN JUST WALKED AWAY>>THE SALESMAN JUST WALKED AWAY FROM THE CAR FOR TWO FEET. FROM THE CAR FOR TWO FEET. ALL OF A SUDDEN, THIS HUGE HORN ALL OF A SUDDEN, THIS HUGE HORN STARTED GOING OFF. STARTED GOING OFF. IT SCARED THE EDD ME. IT SCARED THE EDD ME. I THOUGHT SOMEBODY WAS STEALING I THOUGHT SOMEBODY WAS STEALING A CAR. A CAR. HE SAID, NO, NO, NO, THAT’S THE HE SAID, NO, NO, NO, THAT’S THE REAR OCCUPANCY ALERT SYSTEM IN REAR OCCUPANCY ALERT SYSTEM IN THE CAR. THE CAR.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>SO I STARTED CRYING>>SO I STARTED CRYING IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE I WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THAT. PREPARED FOR THAT. KIA SOLD A CAR BECAUSE THAT’S KIA SOLD A CAR BECAUSE THAT’S THE REASON I SAID, WE’LL TAKE THE REASON I SAID, WE’LL TAKE IT. IT. I FELT IT WAS — I FELT IT WAS –>>YOU MENTIONED YOUR DAUGHTER.>>YOU MENTIONED YOUR DAUGHTER. YOU HAVE AN 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER YOU HAVE AN 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TOGETHER NOW. TOGETHER NOW.>>WE DO.>>WE DO.>>HOW IS IT NOW?>>HOW IS IT NOW? I MEAN, IS IT ONE OF THOSE I MEAN, IS IT ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE IT IS ON YOUR MIND THINGS WHERE IT IS ON YOUR MIND ALL THE TIME? ALL THE TIME? SHE’S OKAY, OBVIOUSLY, BUT HOW SHE’S OKAY, OBVIOUSLY, BUT HOW IS IT FOR YOU GUYS AS A FAMILY? IS IT FOR YOU GUYS AS A FAMILY?>>WELL, IT’S ON MY MIND ALL THE>>WELL, IT’S ON MY MIND ALL THE TIME. TIME. FROM THE DAY SHE WAS AN INFANT FROM THE DAY SHE WAS AN INFANT TO TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS BECAUSE WE DIDN’T HAVE A CAR BECAUSE WE DIDN’T HAVE A CAR THAT HAD AN ALERT SYSTEM AT THE THAT HAD AN ALERT SYSTEM AT THE TIME. TIME. TAKING THE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AND TAKING THE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AND MAKING SURE THE DAY CARE CALLS, MAKING SURE THE DAY CARE CALLS, PUTTING YOUR STUFF IN THE PUTTING YOUR STUFF IN THE BACKSEAT, YOU KNOW, YOUR PHONE BACKSEAT, YOU KNOW, YOUR PHONE OR A SHOE OR SOMETHING, SO OR A SHOE OR SOMETHING, SO YOU’LL REMEMBER SHE’S THERE. YOU’LL REMEMBER SHE’S THERE. WE’RE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT IT. WE’RE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT IT.>>WE KNOW THIS IS SO HARD FOR>>WE KNOW THIS IS SO HARD FOR YOU TO TALK ABOUT, BUT THANK YOU TO TALK ABOUT, BUT THANK YOU. YOU. THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH FOR BEING THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. HERE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOT CAR ACT GO TO 3RD HOUR

26 Replies to “Parents Of Boy Who Died In Hot Car Turning Grief Into Action | TODAY”

  1. I swear to God I would never forgive my husband if he did this!!! How about parents put your cellphones in the back seat! I guarantee you will never forget your phone. 😡

  2. Did the daycare call either parent asking why the baby wasn't there that day? When you get out of a car, instinct is to look in your back seat window, how can you overlook a huge baby seat!!! So many questions. I think this is a made up unbelievable story for news.

  3. I just don't understand how ppl forget their child in the car. …they really are. …should be. …your most precious thing in life..
    …I will never understand. …😧

  4. I'm not honestly understanding..
    Call me crazy..but I have left my wallet even my credit cards on the console after I have purchased coffee at a drivetru.
    But a child..I just cant imagine!!

  5. I get it how this could happen because the baby is mandated to ride in the BACK SEAT where you can't even see it. Parents are more stressed out and distracted than ever, and especially those with ADD… I can see this happening. My own aunt once told me she feels for these parents who do this because she has come close. I think it wpuld be great to have cars with warnings, but for those parents who can't afford it, in my opinion, parents should jam something in the handle of their car that forces them to see it when they get out, like a TY doll or something small attached to the handle. I drive an 89 honda that has no warning system for the lights being on, and because I can be forgetful, i always jam something like a paper towel or scrunchie, onto the door handle, so that I have to see it when i exit the car, and I know that i need to shut off the car lights. Without doing this, I would have left them on, and wound up with a dead battery SO many times. I realize it can be hard for some people to imagine forgetting a baby in a car, but i really do think this guy had so much anxiety and stress going on, he really just forgot.

  6. We are older parents, there is no excuse for leaving your child at all anywhere!! This is not the 70's when we grew up, not even close!! My wife will say she was a helicopter mom and proud of it!!

  7. Nbc lose the music!!! People are too distracted and not present in what they are doing. Mediation helps with mindfulness. We all are working long hours and sometimes 2 jobs. I hope he finds healing. God bless this family and give the father peace.

  8. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I cannot imagine forgetting my kid in the car and leaving him in there or my animal. I don't have any sympathy for these people they are just f**** idiots

  9. I drove home from the office after a very busy day. I parked in my garage and took the elevator to my 3tf floor apartment. Once inside, I took some food out of the fridge to prepare dinner. Suddenly, I realised I had forgotten to pick up my 2 year old from nursery. It was something I had been doing 5 days a week for months. I drove and collected her. I know my behaviour was not so serious but I can understand how this man could forget.

  10. They need to come up with some kind of Car Alarm etc. i mean to stop this from happening thes parents are not that forgetful

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