Republicans question whether a LAW will convince parents to take their kids along rather than leave ’em alone in the car. State Senator Matt McCoy, a democrat from Des Moines, intends to push a bill that would establish a 100-dollar fine for leaving a child under the age of six alone in a vehicle. It’s intended as a response to the death of a Perry baby whose mother left her in a hot mini-van all day. Senator O. Gene Maddox, a republican from Clive, leads the committee that’ll probably review the bill, and he says other than giving McCoy a political flag to wave, he doesn’t “think it’ll accomplish a helluva lot.”Maddox says legislators need only look to the case of the 34-year-old woman in Ames who’s accused of killing her newborn baby last weekend as proof laws can’t make people be good parents. That woman could have dropped her child off at the local hospital and driven away as the state’s new “safe haven” law was written to allow women to drop off unwanted babies, without fear of being prosecuted for abandonment.
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