Traveling with baby

A public service announcement:

If you’re going to carry your infant in a suitcase, please, pleaseremember to poke some air holes in the luggage.

From the Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle:

A woman whose newborn daughter was found dead and stuffed in a suitcase has pleaded guilty to a charge of injury to a child.

Jacqueline Reich, 24, of Laguna Vista, entered the guilty plea Friday in the September 2005 death of her newborn, named Ava.

Reich will remain in jail pending a Feb. 12 sentencing hearing, according to Friday’s online edition of The (McAllen) Monitor.

Reich’s family discovered the newborn’s body in a suitcase in the bathroom and alerted police.

I do a lot of traveling on commercial airlines and have experienced more than my share of infants screaming bloody hell and toddlers who have yet to discover the wonderful world of volume control — so I’m very supportive of traveling with small children in luggage rather than having them in the plane itself.

Just remember to poke a few air holes in the luggage. (Helpful hint: do this before you put the baby in.)

Now you know.

And knowing is half the battle.


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