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Ron&Don: Parents should never leave kids alone in cars, ever

KIRO Radio's Ron and Don say a child should never be left alone in a car. (MyNorthwest.com photo)

Bail has been set at $500,000 for a 25-year-old man accused of stealing an SUV with a 10-month-old child inside.

The Seattle Times reports that a judge on Thursday found probable cause to hold Estevan Lucio Sanchez for investigation of kidnapping and auto theft in Wednesday's incident.

The man is accused of taking the vehicle after the father of the baby girl went into a convenience store in the 1600 block of Southwest Holden Street. Police say the father yelled that his daughter was inside as the SUV was being driven away. The SUV and child were found a short time later.

But Ron of KIRO Radio's Ron and Don Show says the father should also be responsible.

"Whether it's for one minute or five minutes or however long, that's your responsibility," Ron said. "This father was negligent. He endangered the life of a child."

Ron said it's lucky for the parents that the suspect abandoned the vehicle with the baby inside, referencing cases where irresponsibility hasn't ended so well.

"We were pretty harsh with the father of the Bremerton girl who was recently raped and killed," Ron said about the tragic murder of Jenise Wright.

The father who left his baby in the SUV took his keys out of the ignition and was only about 20 feet away, according to court documents.

"People bash in windows and steal cars all the time," argued co-host Don O'Neill. "Wherever you go, the baby has to go with you no matter what. Or the toddler has to go with you no matter what."

Don said he's seen people leave their kids in the car while running into the store many times and he tries to lend a hand.

"Instead of getting mad at them now, I just say, 'Hey, you just stay by the car, tell me what you want me to get you, I understand, I'll just run into the store and get it for you.'"

While that's a nice gesture on Don's part, Ron said there's a bigger issue.

"I think we need to change our attitudes with parents and say, 'No, it's not OK.'"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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