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Should negligent parents be punished?

( Updated: 2015-07-17 14:39

Editor's note: The recent tragedies involving small children dying from heat strokes after being left in cars have sparked online discussions. Should parents be held legally accountable for leaving their children in a car? You are welcome to share your comments by emailing

Ratfink (Australia)

Penalties don't always work in cases like this. From a humanitarian viewpoint losing a child in such a tragic manner will cause a lifetime of grief for the parents. However, there are times when a steep penalty is needed, in the case of willful neglect for example.

Should negligent parents be punished?

Child safety seats are on display during an exhibition in Shanghai, China, on July 24, 2014. [Photo/IC]


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