Two-year-old Zariah Hasheme died tragically after a nanny left her in a hot car, the Associated Press reports.
Her parents, Demi Petrowski and Zachary Hasheme, had Zariah, their only child, after a devastating six miscarriages.
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“I heard Demi screaming on the other line saying that Zariah’s dead, and I didn’t know what to do,” said Hasheme. “I mean, you can forget to bring a pen with you, but it’s kind of hard … to forget about a kid in the car.”
Their nanny, Tammy Brooks, was supposed to drop off their daughter at daycare, but went to work in Hobbs, New Mexico instead.
After running an errand, Brooks finally realized that Zariah was still in the car, but it was too late. Police and EMTs arrived and declared Zariah dead on the scene. Police have charged Brooks with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death.
The temperature that day was allegedly upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Demi Petrowski suffered six miscarriages before conceiving Zariah. “I remember praying every single day, non-stop,” she told local news station KOB4. “I would not wish this pain and this hurt upon my worst enemy.”
The family is begging parents and caregivers to always check the back seat before leaving the car and urging daycare centers to call parents if a child is not there by the appointed time.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by a relative to help with the funeral costs. The family has raised more than $4,500 to date.
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