Hot Car Death Trial: Forgotten Baby Syndrome

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark.–  (Via KARK) Attorneys for a local judge on trial for negligent homicide in the 2015 hot car death of his son are presenting their case before jurors.

On the stand Thursday morning was a neuroscientist who began his testimony talking about “Forgotten Baby Syndrome,” saying “it can happen to anyone.”

Naramore is accused of causing his son’s death by leaving him in his car on a very hot day.

“You see some of the most wonderful parents that leave their children in cars,” he testified, adding that the phenomenon increased beginning in the late 90s when child seats moved to the back of vehicles in response to airbag injuries.

He told the courtroom that it’s more likely to happen when a parent is sleep deprived or out of their normal routine, explaining further that parts of the brain processing plan making, new information and habit compete with and suppress each other.

The neuroscientist said the strength of the brain’s habit function shows when a drink is left on top of the car. As soon as you grab your keys, the familiar process kicks in, he said.

On the day Thomas Naramore died, the neuroscientist said his father’s routine of taking his son to daycare was interrupted by a stop at McDonald’s. The witness continued by saying that the restart of the habit function took Naramore on to work.
 

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