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Numerous Hot Car Deaths Recorded in the First Six Days of August; 29 Total for 2019
UNITED STATES – According to an online news article at usatoday.com, five children have already perished in the first six days of August due to being left in a hot car, according to a national tracker.*
The deaths occurred in five states, and include a 13-year-old disabled child to a 9-month-old girl. Altogether, this brings the number of vehicular hot car deaths to a total of 29 for this year, which is nine short of the average in the United States.
Earlier this week, a 21-month-old boy in Georgia perished after being left in a sports utility vehicle at his parents’ home, according to the Moultrie Observer. Approximately forty minutes went by when the parents finally saw that he had been left in the vehicle. The incident appeared to be an accident, per the local coroner.
Police are also conducting an investigation of the death of a 21-month-old girl in San Diego, per a local news outlet. The mother of the child called police after reporting that she could not find her baby. She ultimately found the child in the back seat of her vehicle.
The same day, local law enforcement alleges that a woman intentionally left her 13-year-old disabled daughter in a vehicle for 5 hours in South Carolina. The mother and a man residing with her have been accused of murder. It is not clear whether they currently are being represented by attorneys. They both have been denied bond.
Last week in Kentucky, a 2-year-old girl died after police uncovered her body in a hot car on her family’s property, per a local news outlet. Police were initially attempting to find the girl after a report of a missing toddler. The police are currently investigating this incident. It is not believed that the child was left in the vehicle intentionally.
Lastly, a 9-month-old child was found dead inside of her father’s vehicle at a car wash. The father forgot to drop the child off at her daycare. He left the child in his car for a total of seven hours. He may face criminal charges.
To learn more about hot car deaths and how to prevent them, visit wheresbaby.org.
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