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Yesterday morning, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm conducted a ceremonial signing of the Kids in Cars law. The law has been in effect in Michigan since April 1, 2009. The law makes it illegal for children under the age of 6 to remain unattended in a car.

Just last week, a 38-year old Brighton woman was charged under the new law. Police responded to a call from Best Buy workers who noticed that the woman was buying around $500 worth of DVD’s and computer equipment with a fraudulent credit card. When the police escorted the woman to her car, they noticed her 6-month-old son, who was left in the car for over an hour.

The law charges violators with a misdemeanor, punishable for up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. While forgotten baby syndrome can happen to anyone, hopefully the imposition of fines and jail time will make parents think twice before leaving a child behind.

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