An Omaha woman is charged with child neglect resulting in death after a one-year-old boy in her care died while taking a nap in his car seat. On February 22nd, Elizabeth Harding was watching Chase Hunter when he shuffled himself around in the seat and the harness wrapped around his neck causing strangulation and loss of breath. Efforts to resuscitate him failed.
Lisa Reichter is the trauma nurse coordinator at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha and says car seats should only be used in a car – period. Reichter says car seats are set to be at a specific angle and can only be in that position while in a car. She says they should never be brought inside for a child to sleep in and children should only remain in them for brief periods, even while traveling. She says children one year of age and under should only be in a car seat for a maximum of 90 minutes at a time.
Reichter says even with bouncy seats or other carriers, children need to be buckled in at all times and they should never be placed on a counter or table.