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Thursday 25 July 2019

Dear parents: children are your responsibility

Last week we had the terrible story of a child dying after family members on a cruise forgot to check if there was a window in place where the youngster was playing. 

A tragedy. 

This week we had a child playing on a baggage carousel at Atlanta Airport that was sucked down into a tunnel. 

Years ago there was Maddie McCann, whose parents thought it was OK to leave her unattended while they ate and drank. 

Parents seem to forget that just because they are on holiday they need to take the same precautions as they would at home. Their children are their responsibility.

Officials at the world's busiest airport are still investigating how a toddler went on a wild ride on a baggage conveyor belt into a restricted area.

A two-year-old boy suffered a hand fracture at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport after jumping on the belt while his mother was printing out boarding passes from an automated machine.

The boy's mother, Edith Vega, told Channel 2 Action News she looked round and saw him ride the belt, and moments later disappear from view.

He then disappeared into a restricted area with no one close enough to grab him in time. 

These are all accidents - but for parents to threaten legal action is a knee jerk.    


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