A couple who suffered six miscarriages have been left heartbroken after their miracle baby daughter died when her babysitter left her in a hot car for hours.
Two-year-old Zariah Hasheme died on September 17 in Hobbs, New Mexico, when babysitter Tammie Brooks, 40, allegedly forgot to drop Zariah at daycare and drove straight to work.
Zariah was left in the car in sweltering 91F heat.
Police were called around 1.30pm on Tuesday responding to reports of a woman who accidentally left a child in her vehicle for several hours.
Hobbs Fire and Rescue declared little Zariah dead at the scene.
For parents Demi Petrowski and Zachary Hasheme, little Zariah’s death has left them heartbroken.
‘I would not wish this pain and this hurt upon my worst enemy,’ Demi said to KOB4.
‘I had six miscarriages previously to having my daughter. I remember praying every single day, nonstop,’ she added.
Zachary said his wife called him in hysterics to tell him the bad news.
‘I hear Demi screaming on the other line saying that Zariah’s dead and I didn’t know what to do. I slammed on my brakes and pulled over,’ he said.
‘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,’ he added.
Brooks has been charged with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death and is being held at Hobbs County Detention Center.
She told police she didn’t notice Zariah was in the back seat of the car until she went to the bank in the afternoon.
She’s scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Now Zariah’s parents are warning the couple to take care and always check the backseat as a safety precaution.
‘Always look at the backseat of the car, and if there is a child in there or you hear a child screaming, please just– you know, help,’ Demi said.
‘As for daycare centers, if you know a child is not there at their appointed time, please contact the parents or someone on the emergency list right away,’ she added.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Zariah’s family with funeral costs. As of Sunday afternoon $2,415 of the $2,000 goal had been raised.
In 2019 so far there have been 43 hot car deaths.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Marlene Lenthang