A Massachusetts dad left his 1-year-old daughter in his SUV before taking a commuter train to work — and suddenly remembering he’d forgotten to drop the toddler off at daycare.
“I left, by accident, my toddler in my SUV at North Quincy station,” the distraught dad said in a 911 call obtained by WBZ-TV.
“You left what?” the amazed dispatcher replies.
“My little baby,” the dad says.
He’d dropped off his 4-year-old daughter at school when the toddler fell asleep as he drove to his next stop, at her daycare.
Instead of dropping her off, as he usually does, the unidentified man boarded the train for the 30-minute ride to his job at MIT in Cambridge.
The father of two had gotten off at the T at Kensington Square when he realized the horrible mistake Wednesday morning.
He hopped on the next train back and got on the phone with 911. The dad called police some 35 minutes after he left the girl in the car on what was a cool morning.
Firefighters and police got the car open and pulled the toddler from the car.
“The baby was awake, kind of smiling the entire time,” Chris Laporte, with Fallon Ambulance, told the TV station. “She seemed to be enjoying everything that was going on around her.”
The dad, who called it “one of the worst days of my life,” arrived soon after.
“The poor man, he was just so frazzled,” EMT LuWanna Hershey told WBZ. “I think he was worse off than the baby. The baby was absolutely perfect, but I tell you what, the dad, it looked like he ran all the way from the T station.”
Police declined to press charges against the dad, who asked not to be identified. He admitted he and his wife were “still shook up” by the close call.
“Like many parents, I have a very repetitive morning procedure that involves two day care drop-offs and a Red Line ride. After dropping off my older child at school, I neglected to drop off my infant at the in-home daycare we use and she was left in the car at an MBTA train station in Quincy,” he said in a statement.
“The baby had fallen asleep in the child seat and I went into auto pilot. I had what I thought was a safe-guard procedure against this in place that I neglected to use today. Obviously, we will be doing more to prevent this going forward," he said.