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New device for parents to prevent baby deaths
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- The brainchild of a local inventor could save a child's life.
The "Back Seat Baby Alarm" is a device that's installed in vehicles so that parents don't leave their babies in hot cars. The inventor believes the alarm is the key to preventing tragedies.
Joe Dorsey wanted to make a device that was inexpensive, effective and easy to use. He said no one wants to believe that they would forget their child but there have been so many cases that he felt compelled to do something to help.
Dorsey said, "And this year has been off the charts, there's been eight children that have been forgotten and died in the back seat of a hot car."
Dorsey said he's done his research on the subject and he came up with a solution for the problem.
"When you come out in the morning and put your child in the back and open up either back door, it wakes itself up and when you do that, you'll hear a little ping sound to let you know it's on and activated," he explained.
Dorsey is a Realtor by trade but invented a device called the Back Seat Baby Alarm.
"It can be used in any type of vehicle, installation is peel and stick by the parents. It might take you 10 minutes and try to make it as affordable as possible," said Dorsey.
It reminds the driver that the baby is still in the car, like the alert cars give when you leave your keys in the ignition.
Dorsey said, "You know, I'm so sick and tired of hearing about these needless deaths of these poor little kids. And you don't even want to think about what they went through when they died."
The tri-state is no stranger to these deaths. In 2007, Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby left her baby girl in the back of her car in Clermont County. In 2008, Jodie Edwards forgot her child at Cincinnati Christian University where she taught.
Dorsey has already had 250 units manufactured. He's putting posters at day cares and trying to raise money for advertising to get the word out to the public.
"To me, I think the question should be, why shouldn't you? Why wouldn't you buy it at that price? Why would you take chances or play the odds with your child's safety?" Dorsey explained.
Dorsey's first shipment of alarms should be ready in the next two to three weeks. He already has orders for parents who want to try the devices and give their feedback on how helpful they are.
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