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Old 04-23-2019, 09:18 AM
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Another year, and yet it will continue.


2. 4/10/2019 Perdido Key, FL 81 Joy Monell-Merritt 2 yrs

1. 4/4/2019 Melbourne, FL 79 Richard Wighart 14 mo

Source - https://www.noheatstroke.org/

2. https://news.yahoo.com/fla-mom-accus...155815160.html - "the girl’s mother, Jessica Monell, 36, was arrested last week and charged with homicide-neglect manslaughter, neglect of a child, three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment."

1. https://www.crimeonline.com/2019/04/...-cocaine-cops/ - "Emily Hartman, 26... left alone in her car several on several instances between April 3 and April 4. With her son in the car, she reportedly drank with a friend at a bar and spent the evening of April 3 meeting up with several people. The following morning, she allegedly picked up a small bag of cocaine to sell and entered a North Melbourne home—where she smoked marijuana while she left Wighard unattended in her car for up to six hours. Hartman was arrested earlier this week and charged with aggravated manslaughter by neglect, possession with intent to sell cocaine and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. On Wednesday, a judge ordered her to remain jailed without bond. "
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The truly accidental ones are heartbreaking. The clueless ones are tragic. But the drug-addled ones make me wish they'd just leave the kid in a shopping cart in a Target somewhere instead.
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The truly accidental ones are heartbreaking. The clueless ones are tragic. But the drug-addled ones make me wish they'd just leave the kid in a shopping cart in a Target somewhere instead.
Right? So sad.
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3. 4/22/2019 Glendale, AZ 86 Girl 18 mo

" it has been determined that the father was the last person to drive the family vehicle, Ngalula explained.

Police have not formally submitted any charges, and the parents will not be identified at this time, Ngalula stated.

"The girl's body was found inside the car by her father Monday evening; he then called the police and gave her CPR until the paramedics arrived, Ngalula said in a press conference Monday. " - https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...le/3550195002/

"When the baby's father found the girl inside the car at an apartment complex Monday afternoon, officers were sent to the scene. The baby had been there for at least a few hours and "died from being left inside the vehicle," police said in a statement, adding that the parents were at the scene and spoke with detectives." - https://abcnews.go.com/US/baby-girl-...ry?id=62573081
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4-year-old died in hot car as father worked at Minnesota food festival for nearly 6 hours


A 26-year-old Minnesota father has been arrested after he allegedly left his 4-year-old son in a hot car for hours as he worked an event in downtown St. Paul.

The boy, who was not identified, died after his father, Kristopher Alexander Taylor, left him in the car for hours as he worked at the Minnesota Monthly 8th Annual Grillfest at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul on Saturday, according to charging documents filed in Ramsey County.



When Taylor returned around 5:15 p.m., he noticed that his son was unresponsive and "stiff," causing him to yell the boy's name and shake him, authorities said.

Taylor carried his son as he ran into the Regions Hospital around 5:35 p.m.and "frantically" asked for help, according to the probable cause statement.

Hospital staff thought the child was having a seizure, since his whole body was stiff, and he was pronounced dead after anti-seizure medicine had no effect, according to the complaint.


Taylor allegedly later admitted to police that he "left his son in the Journey for the entirety of his work shift" because he "couldn't find anyone to watch his son," according to the criminal complaint. Taylor also allegedly stated that the last time he checked on the boy was at 11:30 a.m., police said.

Taylor has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and is currently being held at the Ramsey County jail.


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ST. PAUL, MN (KARE) The death of a 4-year-old boy in hot car Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota marks a dubious distinction.

"This is the 800th pediatric vehicular heatstroke case that we've documented going back to 1998," Jan Noll said.

Noll, a meteorologist, runs the website noheatstroke.org. He's also extensively studied temperatures in parked car during a variety of weather patterns.

Under sunny skies Saturday in St. Paul, the temperature reached 70 degrees. Based on his research, Noll estimates the temperature in the car where the boy died "would have been probably approaching 120 degrees."

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5. We are up to 5, already. 2019


5 5/4/2019 St. Paul, MN 71 Riley Taylor 4 yr - Charged
4 5/2/2019 Boomer, NC 82 Boy 9 mo - Charged
3 4/22/2019 Glendale, AZ 86 Girl 18 mo - Not Charged, TBA
2 4/10/2019 Perdido Key, FL 81 Joy Monell-Merritt 2 yrs - Charged
1 4/4/2019 Melbourne, FL 79 Richard Wighart 14 mos - Charged
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A Winston-Salem woman is charged with murder after she left her 9-month-old son in a car for hours while she went to work, officials say.

Kayla Rodgers, 23, brought her child, who was “lifeless and not breathing,” to Wilkes Medical Center on Thursday, WXII reported. Deputies from the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office were called to investigate the baby’s death at 4:20 p.m.

Rodgers told investigators she had picked up her son at 4 p.m. from a new babysitter’s house, where she found him face down in a crib, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

She said she brought the child to the emergency room because he was “unconscious and not breathing,” Fox 8 reported. - https://www.newsobserver.com/news/st...229986039.html
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Glendale, Maricopa County, had 2 hot car deaths in 2017 and did not charge them.
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told investigators she had picked up her son at 4 p.m. from a new babysitter’s house, where she found him face down in a crib, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/st...229986039.html
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I don't get it! The child was 9mo. In that age, they have no problem to turn from their belly to back. Some kids even start walking at that age. I think something else has happened in the babysitter house.
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I don't get it! The child was 9mo. In that age, they have no problem to turn from their belly to back. Some kids even start walking at that age. I think something else has happened in the babysitter house.
In the article, it states she said it happened at the sitter’s house, but was later revealed she left her baby in the car while she worked.
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I don't get it! The child was 9mo. In that age, they have no problem to turn from their belly to back. Some kids even start walking at that age. I think something else has happened in the babysitter house.
The child never made it to the babysitter's house, if there was one. Notice the word *new*. He died in the parking lot, in a hot car, at his mother's place of employment.
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And another one
https://globalnews.ca/news/5263497/c...t-car-burnaby/
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Here is a really cool site for those wanting to do something to stop these tragic and preventable deaths.

https://www.rayrayspledge.com/
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6, now.
  • 6. 5/6/2019 Lakewood Township, NJ 69 Girl 21 mo
  • 5. 5/4/2019 St. Paul, MN 71 Riley Taylor 4 yr
  • 4. 5/2/2019 Boomer, NC 82 Kaiden Logan 9 mo
  • 3. 4/22/2019 Glendale, AZ 86 Girl 18 mo
  • 2. 4/10/2019 Perdido Key, FL 81 Joy Monell-Merritt 2 yrs
  • 1. 4/4/2019 Melbourne, FL 79 Richard Wighart 14 mos

"The toddler’s mother attempted to take the girl into a daycare, but she didn’t want to go in before they drove home, the report said.

A source then told the outlet that there was some miscommunication about whether the mother or father would take the girl from the vehicle.

Mayor Meir Lichtenstein said warm temperatures contributed to this girl’s death. “It seems like wonderful parents. They have one other child that is approximately 4 1/2 years old that is also a girl, and they are very saddened,” Lakewood Mayor Meir Lichtenstein told CBS New York. “I was actually at the hospital and I saw the parents. They’re extremely saddened by what happened.”

On May 6, they were in the 70s in the area. On a 70-degree Fahrenheit day, temperatures inside a car can get into the 90s in short while. In 30 minutes, it can reach 100 degrees, NBC noted." - https://www.theepochtimes.com/toddle...s_2910391.html
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...z&ocid=SK2ADHP

Thankfully no deaths and a very smart toddler were involved but come on????? SIX kids, ages 2-4, left in a car alone while the person went into a mall??? No reason on earth says that's okay.
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The child never made it to the babysitter's house, if there was one. Notice the word *new*. He died in the parking lot, in a hot car, at his mother's place of employment.
Exactly she wanted to try and blame someone else which is really awful.
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7, now.

7. 5/11/2019 Lake Havasu, AZ 85 Malia Mae Martin 18 mo

"A northwest Arizona man was arrested over the weekend after a baby girl who was left in a hot car died.

Lake Havasu City police say 23-year-old Ty Martin was taken into custody on a manslaughter charge Saturday.

Police say Martin left his infant unattended in a car for 45 minutes to an hour while he went to visit a friend, according to a news release. While investigating the death, police searched the home of 23-year-old Noah Grabowski, the friend Martin was visiting. Inside, police say investigators found marijuana plants and other related items. Grabowski faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana." - https://www.abc15.com/news/crime/lak...ies-in-hot-car


And the one in Canada that Jupadia posted -

“A 16-month-old boy is dead after being left in a hot car in Burnaby on Thursday. As with any tragedy like this, I can’t imagine how the parents are coping. As a parent myself I can’t imagine how I would cope. So we have provided victim services, they are surrounded by friends and family,” she said.

** Not just no charges, the parents are viewed as the victims.
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Thankfully no deaths and a very smart toddler were involved but come on????? SIX kids, ages 2-4, left in a car alone while the person went into a mall??? No reason on earth says that's okay.
I just read that one. 7 kids, total, one carseat. Only two were hers. I'd be curious to know if she is a family childcare provider out running errands? I will be watching this one.

"A woman is accused of leaving seven children, ages 2 to 4, in a hot car outside a Maryland shopping center last week, authorities said.

According to the Charles County Sheriff's Office, one of the children called 911 from the car shortly after 1 p.m. Friday.

The boy told dispatchers that "he and six other children were inside a car unattended and hot," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Deputies arrived to find the children inside the unlocked car with the windows up and the engine turned off, WJLA-TV reported. Only one car seat was in the vehicle, authorities said.

The car's driver, the 37-year-old mother of two of the children, returned to the vehicle about 10 minutes after authorities found and treated the kids, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said she had been gone for at least 20 minutes.

Authorities charged the woman, whose name was not released, with confinement of children inside a motor vehicle. She could face more charges, as well, the Sheriff's Office said."
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She was a family childcare provider.

A 37-year-old woman is charged after leaving seven children — two of her own and five she was baby-sitting — locked inside a parked car in Charles County, Maryland, while she went shopping. - https://wtop.com/charles-county/2019...hile-shopping/
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Another public rescue

"New cellphone video Channel 2 Action News obtained shows a pair of shoppers rescuing a toddler from a hot car in Smyrna. The women are locksmiths who were in the right place at the right time. The rescue happened last Friday when the boy's mother went inside a Target to pick up some medication, officials said.

Police said the child was in his car seat all alone with his window cracked, but the air conditioning was not on. He was seen crying and sweating profusely, with his nose dripping. With no time to spare, Edaya Allison recorded the rescue on her cellphone. The woman seen in the video opening the car door is her sister, Lilach Butler. Butler said another shopper initially waved the sisters down after noticing the toddler in the hot car. "Everything happened for a reason because if I wasn’t standing at that door, she wouldn’t have called me," Butler said. In the video, the women say it was more than 80 degrees outside at the time. Less than a minute later, Butler got the door open. The sisters own a local locksmith business.

"The baby held on to me as if I was his mother," Allison said.

Allison said she called 911 and the mother came out about 10 minutes later.

The Target on Cobb Parkway is in Marietta’s jurisdiction and despite leaving the child in the hot car, police did not charge the mother.

A spokesman said the case is still open and investigators are reviewing the facts to make sure the safety of the child is protected.

"I was shaking. I was in tears because I just couldn’t believe some woman would let this happen to their child," Allison said.

Paramedics checked on the boy and gave him water. He's doing OK.

The rescuers believe he was by himself for at least 15 minutes." - https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/rig...QitmfF8DXoKu0U
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She was a family childcare provider.

A 37-year-old woman is charged after leaving seven children — two of her own and five she was baby-sitting — locked inside a parked car in Charles County, Maryland, while she went shopping. - https://wtop.com/charles-county/2019...hile-shopping/
I'm sure that 4 year old is actually the child care provider most of the time I am so proud of him for knowing he should call the police and how to do it.

Also, I read in another version of the story she had 7 kids under 5 in a sedan and only 1 car seat. Which means the kids were not restrained, some had to be in the front seat in addition to leaving them in a hot car. She's going to get the book thrown at her.
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She's going to get the book thrown at her.
I hope so! How could anyone think that was okay? TG for that little boy knowing what to do!
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And the one in Canada that Jupadia posted -

“A 16-month-old boy is dead after being left in a hot car in Burnaby on Thursday. As with any tragedy like this, I can’t imagine how the parents are coping. As a parent myself I can’t imagine how I would cope. So we have provided victim services, they are surrounded by friends and family,” she said.

** Not just no charges, the parents are viewed as the victims.
I think we are still in the “this was a total accident” phase here in Canada.
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An infant left the car seat in a childcare facility van for 4 hours in Tallahassee. The daycare facility uses the van to pick up some children in the morning, and it was a day care worker's responsibility to make sure all children were out of the van. Temperatures in the area reached as high as 92 degrees. Terrible for the parents: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/us/in...rnd/index.html
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We are up to 8, now.

8. 5/22/2019 Jacksonville, FL 95 Girl 5 mo
7. 5/11/2019 Lake Havasu, AZ 85 Malia Mae Martin 18 mo
6. 5/6/2019 Lakewood Township, NJ 69 Girl 21 mo
5. 5/4/2019 St. Paul, MN 71 Riley Taylor 4 yr
4. 5/2/2019 Boomer, NC 82 Kaiden Logan 9 mo
3. 4/22/2019 Glendale, AZ 86 Girl 18 mo
2. 4/10/2019 Perdido Key, FL 81 Joy Monell-Merritt 2 yrs
1. 4/4/2019 Melbourne, FL 79 Richard Wighart 14 mos
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An infant left the car seat in a childcare facility van for 4 hours in Tallahassee. The daycare facility uses the van to pick up some children in the morning, and it was a day care worker's responsibility to make sure all children were out of the van. Temperatures in the area reached as high as 92 degrees. Terrible for the parents: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/us/in...rnd/index.html
Heartbreaking.

This is one of the main reasons my state does not want us to transport and makes it almost impossible to meet the regs to be able to.
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4 technologies designed to prevent Hot Car Deaths: https://abcnews.go.com/US/technologi...ry?id=47991074

https://www.evenflo.com/sensorsafe/sensorsafe.html is a technology found in some car seats from the brand Evenflo. There is a receiver that goes into your car’s diagnostics port, a socket located inside a vehicle that accesses various vehicle subsystems where small receivers can be installed to tap into a car's computer system. That receiver communicates with the car seat's smart chest clip – letting the driver know through a series of chimes whether a child is still in the seat after the car is turned off.

Waze, a popular traffic app, has a setting that will remind a driver to check his or her back seat when a destination entered into the app is reached. But it won’t alert a driver during an impromptu stop. As Faris pulled into the driveway for her Waze destination, she received an alert before she turned off the car: "Check your car before you leave."

Driver’s Little Helper Sensor System is a sensor system sold at several major retailers that can be put in a car seat. The sensor goes under the car seat padding where the child sits. The sensor is then attached to a battery pack and synced with an app. You can set when you want the app to send you notifications after you stop the car. You can set the interval for when you receive the notification -- the fastest being a minute.

General Motor's Rear Seat Reminder System: This feature in some GM cars uses back door sensors that become activated when either the rear door is opened or closed within 10 minutes of the vehicle being started, or while the vehicle is running. Under these circumstances, when you reach your destination a reminder appears on the dashboard as well as an audible chime notification. When Faris opened the rear door before starting the car and then turned off the car, this reminder popped up on the dashboard: "Rear Seat Reminder. Look In Rear Seat."
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Those are really neat.

A boy scout (I believe the story was) working on his Eagle Scout, came up with a long piece of yarn. One end tied to the car seat, then other to a rubber bracelet. One the driver is seated, they put the bracelet on, they can't get out without taking it off.
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There are so many ways to make sure you don't forget a child. Problem is, most people know they would never forget their child and don't need any ideas, until the day they do forget.
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11, now. 11.

11 6/8/2019 Butler County, KS 86 Girl 3 mo
10 6/2/2019 Calverton Park, MO 79 Joseline Eichelberger 11 mo
9 5/22/2019 Blytheville, SC 88 Zion Akinrefon 4 yr
8 5/22/2019 Jacksonville, FL 95 Brooklyn Isaac 4 mo
7 5/11/2019 Lake Havasu, AZ 85 Malia Mae Martin 18 mo
6 5/6/2019 Lakewood Township, NJ 69 Girl 21 mo
5 5/4/2019 St. Paul, MN 71 Riley Taylor 4 yr
4 5/2/2019 Boomer, NC 82 Kaiden Logan 9 mo
3 4/22/2019 Glendale, AZ 86 Girl 18 mo
2 4/10/2019 Perdido Key, FL 81 Joy Monell-Merritt 2 yrs
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9. "Zion was in town visiting family members when his family started searching for him after his mother noticed he was not present, a news release said. He was later found unresponsive by his mother in the back of the family’s car around 5 p.m.

Zion was last seen watching TV before his mother noticed he was missing; the family believes he walked out of the side door of the home and got into the family’s SUV, accidentally got locked inside, and passed out of heatstroke." - https://www.wistv.com/2019/05/24/yea...-coroner-says/

10. "Matthew Eichelberger, 27, and Candace Rucker, 24, were charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of their 11-month old daughter, Joseline Eichelberger.

Her body was found about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the family's home in the 100 block of Anistasia Drive. The infant was left in the car for at least 12 hours and died from the excessive heat, court documents allege." - https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/...c1eeaf9a6.html

11. "Investigators learned that the mother had returned home from a baby shower around 12:30 p.m. and left the child in the car.

"She had commented that she had been very tired. She'd been up some of the night before off and on. Don't know if it was with children or for what reason, but she felt like she needed a nap. She laid down about 12:30 p.m. and slept 'til about 4 o'clock," he said.

Herzet said the couple had six children, five of whom were adopted, ranging in age from three-months-old to 13-years-old." - http://www.kake.com/story/40614884/i...-butler-county
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13. 6/22/2019 Galveston, TX 92 Unknown 1 yr - "A baby died in Galveston Saturday morning after being left in a car outside a restaurant, according to our NBC affiliate KPRC.

Officials say the boy’s parents worked over five hours at the restaurant and found the boy unresponsive after their shift, but still alive.

The child was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The temperature in Galveston on Saturday was over 90 degrees." - https://www.easttexasmatters.com/cri...ft-in-hot-car/

12. 6/20/2019 Providence Village, TX 98 Kaysen Neyland 4 yr - "A 4-year-old child found in a hot vehicle Thursday in Providence Village has died, Aubrey police said Saturday.

The child was found unresponsive by family members inside a vehicle in the 10000 block of Franklin Drive on Thursday afternoon. Aubrey police said they don’t know how long the child was in the vehicle.

Aubrey Police Chief Charles Kreidler said they didn’t want to release the name or gender of the child out of concern for the family. However, KTVT-TV (Channel 11) identified the child as a 4-year-old boy named Kaysen Neyland."
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These just break my heart, I cannot ever imagine forgetting my own child. The negligence. Having dealt with parents for the past 14 years though I can see HOW this happens
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This baby was saved!
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...L&ocid=SK2ADHP

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13. 6/21/2019 Bardwell, TX 94 Mia Villegas 11 mo

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Ellis County authorities are investigating after an 11-month-old baby girl died in a hot car last Friday.

A family member called deputies about 5:15 p.m. to the 500 block of Elm Street in the town of Bardwell about an unresponsive child.

13. "When authorities arrived, the girl was not breathing. Deputies began performing CPR until paramedics arrived. Medical staff eventually ceased CPR and declared the child dead.

She was taken to the Dallas County medical examiner's office for an autopsy, authorities said. The child was identified as Mia Villegas, who died of hyperthermia, according to the Ennis Daily News.

Authorities didn't say how long the girl was left inside the vehicle." - https://www.dallasnews.com/news/elli...uthorities-say

15. "Morristown police discovered a three-year-old boy dead in a minivan Thursday after responding to a report of a missing child.

Officers were dispatched to a residence on the 2400 block of Fairview Road around 10 p.m. Thursday to investigate the disappearance of the toddler who had not been seen since around 4 p.m.

Officers found the child dead in a minivan parked in the driveway. Police say the van appears to have not been driven in some time and the child climbed into the van himself.

Morristown police say it appears to have been a miscommunication between the boy’s grandmother and parents. The parents work night shift and went to bed at 4 p.m. and the grandmother thought the child was with them taking a nap.

The boy’s parents left for work shortly before police were called and thought the child was with the grandmother. The grandmother called the parents when she was putting the kids to bed and couldn’t find the 3-year-old. The parents then called police.

Officers say it took around 15 minutes to find the boy and believe the passenger door was unlocked, not the sliding door. They believe the child got in through the passenger door and couldn’t get back out.

The police department at this time is calling it a tragic accident." - https://www.wkrn.com/news/tennessee-...tennessee-van/

16. "A 16-month-old girl died Sunday after police say she was left in a vehicle parked on the city's west side. According to a press release from the Sioux City Police Department, at around 3:58 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 1400 block of Rebecca Street for an unconscious child. The girl was left in the vehicle unattended.

The child was taken to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's, where she was pronounced dead.

The Sioux City Police Department is investigating the incident." - https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/lo...2ae42ba86.html
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I have a DC family that does NOT communicate with me about attendance. DCD works a construction job so if it's rainy he doesn't work and usually keeps DCK. This happens regularly. I have discussed the importance of communication with them several times to no avail.

Yesterday about 10-15 minutes prior to closing, I am outside picking up the playground toys when DCM pulls up. She enters the yard and looks around and says "Oh is DCK inside?" I am like and said "No, DCK was a no show today." DCM says "No one called or texted you?"

Nope.

For a few loooooong seconds I thought to myself "Oh my Lord! What if DCK is in the car!!!!!! "
Like everywhere across the country it's been seriously HOT outside.

They weren't (DCK was safe at home) but seriously....this is exactly how this stuff happens.... two parents that live together do NOT communicate with me or each other ALL day long.

Shameful and sad considering the methods of communication abundant today.
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With the temps in AZ right now a kid wouldn’t last 10 minutes.

Makes you wonder how many animals die this way
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I have a DC family that does NOT communicate with me about attendance. DCD works a construction job so if it's rainy he doesn't work and usually keeps DCK. This happens regularly. I have discussed the importance of communication with them several times to no avail.

Yesterday about 10-15 minutes prior to closing, I am outside picking up the playground toys when DCM pulls up. She enters the yard and looks around and says "Oh is DCK inside?" I am like and said "No, DCK was a no show today." DCM says "No one called or texted you?"

Nope.

For a few loooooong seconds I thought to myself "Oh my Lord! What if DCK is in the car!!!!!! "

They weren't (DCK was safe at home) but seriously....this is exactly how this stuff happens.... two parents that live together do NOT communicate with me or each other ALL day long.

Shameful and sad considering the methods of communication abundant today.
Scared the bejeezus out out of me.

This kind of reminds me of something that happened in a town close by a couple years ago.

The mom forgot to drop off her 4 month old son at daycare and went to work, leaving him in his seat the entire day. She left work at 6 and realized what she had done. He had already passed away, unfortunately.

It got me thinking, as daycare providers, should we communicate with parents when their child is a no-show?

Just a quick text "Hey, will so and so be at daycare today?"

In no way do I think a daycare is responsible for a parent's lack of communication! Just my first thought when I heard this story was if the daycare would've gotten ahold of her when she didn't show up (and if they were expecting the child that day), things probably would've ended differently.

Like I said, in NO WAY do I feel a daycare is ever responsible. It's just something that is in my mind if I have a child later than expected, should I text and see if they will be here today?

Such sad stories.
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This kind of reminds me of something that happened in a town close by a couple years ago.

The mom forgot to drop off her 4 month old son at daycare and went to work, leaving him in his seat the entire day. She left work at 6 and realized what she had done. He had already passed away, unfortunately.

It got me thinking, as daycare providers, should we communicate with parents when their child is a no-show?

Just a quick text "Hey, will so and so be at daycare today?"

In no way do I think a daycare is responsible for a parent's lack of communication! Just my first thought when I heard this story was if the daycare would've gotten ahold of her when she didn't show up (and if they were expecting the child that day), things probably would've ended differently.

Like I said, in NO WAY do I feel a daycare is ever responsible. It's just something that is in my mind if I have a child later than expected, should I text and see if they will be here today?

Such sad stories.
There is actually a lengthy thread where we discussed this very thing. Seemed to be split 50/50 and I can see both sides, especially not wanting that level of responsibility on top of everything else.

Personally if a family doesn’t show up I text but mostly its to know if they are coming or not because once I am outside I cannot hear the door so I instruct them to come to the gate etc.
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This kind of reminds me of something that happened in a town close by a couple years ago.

The mom forgot to drop off her 4 month old son at daycare and went to work, leaving him in his seat the entire day. She left work at 6 and realized what she had done. He had already passed away, unfortunately.

It got me thinking, as daycare providers, should we communicate with parents when their child is a no-show?

Just a quick text "Hey, will so and so be at daycare today?"

In no way do I think a daycare is responsible for a parent's lack of communication! Just my first thought when I heard this story was if the daycare would've gotten ahold of her when she didn't show up (and if they were expecting the child that day), things probably would've ended differently.

Like I said, in NO WAY do I feel a daycare is ever responsible. It's just something that is in my mind if I have a child later than expected, should I text and see if they will be here today?

Such sad stories.
That is a hot topic of debate for sure!

Taking on the responsibility of calling No shows also includes taking on the liability too.

What happens if you forget to call/text because you are busy with other kids in care and a child does get left in a car. Guess who the finger gets pointed at?

I think it's a moral and ethical dilemma that has a solution but one that hasn't been enacted yet.

I'd like to see daycare's call as a courtesy because I DO believe it could make a difference but I also think the public needs to understand that we already have our hands full with child that ARE present so if we did forget or be in the situation where we weren't able to call that we (providers/child cares) were immune to any type of responsibility. Kind of like the good Samaritan law.

Here are some other threads about hot car deaths.... in many of them we've had some really good conversations about daycare providers calling or not calling.

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I call, because it is really easy for me. I only have 6 kids.

I don't know how the big centers could do it unless each individual class was empowered to call. Maybe we should have a simple no liability form for it?
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One would hope it'd scare the same out of the mom, and maybe she'd get on dad's case.

Ok...I forgot how to work the quotes. That was in response to BC's construction dad.
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My sister had a "near miss" 25 years ago with my niece, who was about 3 or 4 at the time.

They have a tuck-under garage, accessible through the house. They were headed out to the grocery store, so my sister told Tiff to go down and get her shoes on. Then, the phone (landline) rang, and my sister spent a good 10 minutes dealing with whatever it was on the phone. She then went downstairs to put her own shoes on. Her daughter was not in the hall, so she thought she'd gone back upstairs. A few minutes of searching, and no Tiffany.

Finally, she checked the car. There was Tiffany, in her car seat, screaming, red hot, and completely hysterical. She'd gotten her shoes on, opened the car, gotten in, closed the door, buckled in, and then couldn't get back out. She panicked, and of course that made matters worse-it was also the middle of summer.

My sister got her out, comforted her, put washcloths on her head to cool her down, and called the doctor. It could have been a much different outcome!

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I don't know how the big centers could do it unless each individual class was empowered to call. Maybe we should have a simple no liability form for it?
I work at a larger daycare. We have 10 classrooms and around 300 kids. We each write out a absence sheet daily and turn it in. The sheets are turned into the assistant director who then makes contact with all the absentees, unless the teacher has written a note telling the assistant director why the child is absent (parents often tell us and not the office). It takes about a hour, and the fallow up calls (the parents who dont answer) take about half that.
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Infant twins died inside a car in the Bronx after their father told police he forgot they were there, went to work for the day, and found them hours later, according to officials.

The 7-month-old infants, a boy and a girl, were found around 4:00 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Kingsbridge Terrace and Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge.

The 37-year-old father of the twins is being questioned by police. He told them he drove to work at the VA Medical Center around 8:00 a.m. and forgot the children were in the car when he parked, police said.

He said he went back into his car in the afternoon and started to drive away, according to police. He drove for two blocks before discovering the children in the back seat "foaming at the mouth" and called 911.

So far, there are no arrests.

Police are investigating the incident as an accidental hot car death.

This is a breaking news story. Keep checking back for the latest information.
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The 39-year-old father, Juan Rodriguez from New City, Rockland County, was taken into custody for questioning Friday and charged early Saturday morning.

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The 39-year-old father, Juan Rodriguez from New City, Rockland County, was taken into custody for questioning Friday and charged early Saturday morning.

https://abc7ny.com/twin-infants-foun...ather/5421861/
It has been updated: "Family and supporters cheered as Juan Rodriguez left custody just one day after his one-year-old twins died inside a hot car in the Bronx."

"Rodriguez told police he dropped one of his children, a three-year-old, at a home in Westchester, and then drove to work at the VA Medical Center in the Bronx around 8:00 a.m. He told police he forgot the children were in their rear-facing car seats when he parked, police said.

He said he went back into his car after his eight-hour shift and started to drive away, according to police. He drove for two blocks before discovering the children in the back seat "foaming at the mouth" and called 911."

Rodriguez is a licensed clinical social worker and also an Army Veteran who served in Iraq.
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I call, because it is really easy for me. I only have 6 kids.

I don't know how the big centers could do it unless each individual class was empowered to call. Maybe we should have a simple no liability form for it?
My daycare calls. They are a big center with around 100 kids.
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It has been updated: "Family and supporters cheered as Juan Rodriguez left custody just one day after his one-year-old twins died inside a hot car in the Bronx."

"Rodriguez told police he dropped one of his children, a three-year-old, at a home in Westchester, and then drove to work at the VA Medical Center in the Bronx around 8:00 a.m. He told police he forgot the children were in their rear-facing car seats when he parked, police said.

He said he went back into his car after his eight-hour shift and started to drive away, according to police. He drove for two blocks before discovering the children in the back seat "foaming at the mouth" and called 911."

Rodriguez is a licensed clinical social worker and also an Army Veteran who served in Iraq.
Everybody with small children should be required to install some kind of alerting device. There are items on the market aren't there? This type of thing is definitely a crime but not of an intentional criminal act, KWIM? So sad about the suffering of little children. Parents that make this fatal mistake, should be required to become speakers in the hopes of preventing it from happening to others. In the majority of these cases, I truly don't think jail is the answer.
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Everybody with small children should be required to install some kind of alerting device. There are items on the market aren't there? This type of thing is definitely a crime but not of an intentional criminal act, KWIM? So sad about the suffering of little children. Parents that make this fatal mistake, should be required to become speakers in the hopes of preventing it from happening to others. In the majority of these cases, I truly don't think jail is the answer.
I agree that jail may not be the answer but who forgets their kids, not for a minute, but for an entire day. Why should their be a device made for "someone not to forget their kid". Listen to how that sounds! I know we get busy, but something is wrong with "parenting" these days. Some of the kids we get in child care these days wander around in a spacey fog. It makes me wonder how they are alive within their home setting. The parents are the same way. Everyone lays around and the kids wander around. When we have sunday lunches, my cousins kids are EVERYWHERE with no parent in sight. The parents just let them do whatever and we have 6 acres. My house is about 100 yards from my mom where we have lunch. DH went home early to find one of the kids crying behind our house because they were lost I just don't get it! Just a rant this morning
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24 7/29/2019 Oakland Park, FL 93 Noah Sneed 2 yr

"OAKLAND PARK, FLORIDA: A 2-year-old boy was found dead on Monday, July 29, inside a van parked outside an Oakland Park daycare center as temperatures soared to the 90s in the afternoon, authorities said.

Around 3.20 pm on Monday, emergency responders were called to the scene outside Ceressa's Enrichment and Empowerment Academy in Oakland Park, Florida, after daycare staff discovered the child's lifeless body inside a white Ford van.

“At this point, we don’t know why the boy remained inside the vehicle, but, evidently, he ultimately succumbed to the environment in which he remained inside that van,” Broward County Sheriff's spokesperson Keyla Concepcion was quoted as saying.

Authorities said hot weather in the area might have played a role in the death as temperatures in the area were reported to have been in the low 90s. Speaking to WSVN, Concepcion said, “We know at some time earlier today, the boy was transported to this facility inside that van.” "What happened once they arrived here is under investigation. You would think that any facility that deals with children — especially young children — would have some kind of checks and balances or some kind of system. Unfortunately, it's not the first time that we've heard of a case like this happening."

Health experts say a child’s body can heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s and this can cause major organs to begin to shut down, WSVN reported.

Horrified parents whose children attend the daycare rushed to the scene after the deceased child's body was captured in news footage.

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made so far and authorities also haven't released the name of the driver of the van.

This is the latest tragedy in a series of recent incidents involving one or more children dying after being left in hot vehicles.

Phoenix resident Juan Rodriguez, who accidentally left his one-year-old twins Luna and Phoenix in the back of his vehicle for eight hours in 108-degree weather, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges on Friday." - https://meaww.com/boy-found-dead-ins...degree-weather
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It has been updated: "Family and supporters cheered as Juan Rodriguez left custody just one day after his one-year-old twins died inside a hot car in the Bronx."

"Rodriguez told police he dropped one of his children, a three-year-old, at a home in Westchester, and then drove to work at the VA Medical Center in the Bronx around 8:00 a.m. He told police he forgot the children were in their rear-facing car seats when he parked, police said.

He said he went back into his car after his eight-hour shift and started to drive away, according to police. He drove for two blocks before discovering the children in the back seat "foaming at the mouth" and called 911."

Rodriguez is a licensed clinical social worker and also an Army Veteran who served in Iraq.
They are dismissing the charges

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Of course not, they are attractive to an interest group in an upcoming political season.

"My client and his family will be working with the legislature when they gain the strength to do so in ensuring that other people are protected."

Because it happened to him through no fault of his own.
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Oakland Park day care shut down after toddler found dead in van parked outside

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OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) - A day care in Oakland Park has been shut down after a 2-year-old boy was found dead inside a van parked outside.

A criminal investigation is underway on Tuesday after a toddler was found dead inside a white Ford van parked outside of Ceressa’s Enrichment and Empowerment Academy, located along the 3100 block of Northwest 21st Avenue, on Monday afternoon.

The child was later identified as Noah Sneed.
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Of course not, they are attractive to an interest group in an upcoming political season.

"My client and his family will be working with the legislature when they gain the strength to do so in ensuring that other people are protected."

Because it happened to him through no fault of his own.
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Well that makes perfect sense....
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25 8/1/2019 Garland, TX 95 Girl 9 mo

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A 9-month-old baby girl was found dead Thursday after being left in a vehicle at a car wash, police said.

The infant was found by her father at 5:15 p.m. after she was left in the vehicle for an unknown amount of time.

"We're trying to determine how much time passed by from the time the child was placed in the vehicle until the time was found in the vehicle by the father," Lt. Pedro Barineau told WFAA.

The father drove through the car wash and was vacuuming when he discovered his daughter's body in the backseat, WFAA reported.

No charges have been filed.

The incident remains under investigation." - https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-...kpZiMGsSMHBe84
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26 8/1/2019 Corbin, KY 88 Aubrey Rose 2 yr

"Kentucky State Police released the preliminary autopsy report of a two-year-old girl found dead in Whitley County.

The state medical examiner's office said the cause of death was consistent with hyperthermia, which means Aubrey Rose's body temperature was much higher than normal.

Police said she was found in a hot car on the family's property. They do not suspect foul play.

The investigation is ongoing.

Kentucky State Police are investigating after a two-year-old girl was found dead in Whitley County.

Police were called to a home on Leona Wyatt Road around 2:00 p.m. to look for a missing child. Multiple law enforcement agencies searched the property and found the toddler unresponsive.

"The original call that came in as a missing juvenile. We went to assist another agency. Then it got upgraded to a possible full arrest. Which means not breathing, no heartbeat," said Corbin Fire Department Battalion Chief, Jack Partin.

The girl, Aubrey Rose, of Corbin was taken to Baptist Health Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The outcome was something police said they hoped would not happen.

However, they said they are motivated to make sure they get answers for the family.

"The main thing is to gather all the facts that we can, get to the bottom of what caused it. As much information as we can possibly get to help this family in their trying time," said Trooper Jordan Hopkins.

The body will be sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. The autopsy results should be released Friday with the cause and time of death.

We will update this story when we learn more." - https://www.wymt.com/content/news/Mi...513503761.html
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29 8/6/2019 Moultrie, GA 90 Damian Elias Leyva 21 mo
28 8/5/2019 Ruffin, SC 88 Cristina Pangalangan 13 yr
27 8/5/2019 San Diego, CA 83 Scarlett Grace Harris 2 yr

29. MOULTRIE, Ga. — A 21-month-old child died Tuesday after being shut in an SUV at his parents’ house on Tommy Meredith Road. Damian Elias Leyva, son of Yaniel and Maria Linda Leyva, was pronounced dead at Colquitt Regional Medical Center’s emergency room. Colquitt county deputies responded to the emergency room about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“Everything appears the child succumbed to heat exhaustion,” Sheriff’s investigator Austin Cannon said. Cannon said there was a 30- to 45-minute gap between the last time the parents saw Damian and when they found him inside the SUV. Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock said it appeared to have been a tragic accident, but he said tests are being conducted that will shed more light on the situation." - https://www.moultrieobserver.com/new...21c38df9e.html

28. CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities have identified the 13-year-old girl who authorities say died after being deliberately left in a car in Colleton County. Officials with the Colleton County Coroner’s Office say Cristina Pangalangan died in Ruffin Monday afternoon.

The girl’s mother, Rita Pangalangan, and Larry King Jr., have been charged with her murder. A friend of Rita Pangalangan, who is a Colleton County teacher, said that’s not the woman she knows. Pangalangan and her boyfriend Larry King Jr. are both charged with murder.

No one was home Wednesday at the house on Lowcountry Highway in Ruffin where King lives. Sitting outside was the car Colleton County deputies say Rita Pangalangan‘s daughter was placed in and died in after being left in it for several hours on Monday.

“I was completely stunned, speechless, couldn’t believe it, just couldn’t believe it,” Rochelle Byrd said Wednesday. Byrd’s daughter was taught by Pangalangan, a former teacher of the year. Byrd hasn’t seen Pangalangan in several years.

“She was one of the best teacher’s I ever met,” Byrd said.”Honestly I don’t understand it. I don’t understand how any child can be supposedly left in a car, especially this child, the special needs that she had. That’s one of the first things you would think, she would get her child out of the car. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”

She also can’t understand that investigators say the 13-year-old was deliberately left in the car. “I’m just stunned. I’m completely speechless," Byrd said."I don’t even know how to respond to that, knowing the person that I know her to be turned from that, being called a murderer is incredible."

The sheriff’s office says the investigation into the murder is ongoing. Byrd says she can’t get the 13-year old girl off her mind. “She’s back in the Lord’s hands,” Byrd said." Both Pangalangan and King have criminal pasts. King has prior arrests for domestic violence and assault and battery.

Court records also show an assault and harassment charge against him were dismissed. In January of this year, Pangalangan was arrested after being accused of stuffing candy bars in the gas tank of King’s truck. According to the incident report, the couple was not dating at the time. King told officers he was leaving a bar and saw chocolate and what appeared to be peanuts in and around the nozzle of the gas tank. He said it would cost between $500 and $600 to inspect and repair the damage. Rita Pangalangan is on paid leave from the Colleton County School District following her arrest for murder. - https://www.live5news.com/2019/08/07...eing-left-car/

27. "A toddler died Monday in Tierrasanta after the child was discovered inside a car, San Diego police said. The mother called police at 12:42 p.m. to report she had awakened from a nap and could not locate her 21-month-old child.
The mother then called the police back and said she had located the child inside a car. Officers arrived to the location on Leary Street where the toddler was pronounced dead just after 1 p.m.

Police did not say if the mother left the child in the car, or provide any other details as to how the child got inside the car.

The child's father identified her as Scarlett Grace Harris. San Diego Police Department Child Abuse Unit investigators took over the investigation Tuesday. Leary Street is located south of Tierrasanta Boulevard and west of Santo Road. The neighborhood is filled with housing used by U.S. personnel from local military bases.

"This is tough," one neighbor said. "It hits home. It could happen to any of us. I'm a mother, we go through a lot being military spouses, you know, with our significant others, just in life in general and this is just so unfortunate." - https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loc...521323761.html
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I just dread clicking on this thread every time it comes up.


Also wondering what the full story is with the 13 year old.
Was she special needs? Why didn't she get out of the car?
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Also wondering what the full story is with the 13 year old.
Was she special needs? Why didn't she get out of the car?
Yes, "I don’t understand how any child can be supposedly left in a car, especially this child, the special needs that she had." It was a lot of text, I meant to bold that part. The time limit is hard with MS.

I just want their stories to be heard and read regularly in the hope more people will stop and think. This is the biggest daycare forum on the net, surely every parent out there has been here at least once.
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I just want their stories to be heard and read regularly in the hope more people will stop and think. This is the biggest daycare forum on the net, surely every parent out there has been here at least once.
Oh absolutely!!!
Nothing beats a good dose of reality to remind us how fragile life really is....

It just breaks my heart every time..
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31. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department and first responders are investigating the death of a young child after they were left in a car in a North Knoxville grocery store parking lot.

The circumstances surrounding the child’s death apart from reports of the child being found deceased in the car – were still in the preliminary investigation stages, according to KPD.

KPD did confirm the child to be “young.”

First responders were at the scene at a grocery store on a report of a child left in a car in the 5000 block of Clinton Highway Friday just after 3 p.m.

The child had reportedly been in the vehicle for an unknown amount of time, and resuscitation efforts were made.

Officials say the child died.

WATE 6 On Your Side observed the medical examiner arriving before 4 p.m. and a tarp being put over the vehicle in question. The majority of the parking lot was blocked off by authorities.

Details such as the child’s age, or the whereabouts of the child’s parents/guardians, were not yet available." - https://www.wate.com/news/child-dies...grocery-store/

30. "A year-old baby was found dead Wednesday evening in the back of a vehicle in Columbus, Nebraska. Police said the boy's mother had gone in to work around 8 a.m.

The 37-year-old woman had left her son in her vehicle in the parking lot at her workplace, Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken said.

Police responded to a report of an unattended death just before 6 p.m. Wednesday. " - https://www.omaha.com/news/public-sa...681cc60d2.html
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32 8/11/2019 Lawrence, KS 89 DéVonté Lashawn Turner 2 yr

"Lawrence police have identified the child who was found dead inside a parked car Sunday afternoon as DéVonté Lashawn Turner.

Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. at a news conference on Monday said the 2-year-old Lawrence boy at the time was in the care of family members who were not his parents, but Burns would not be more specific. He said a death investigation was underway and that it appears heat may have contributed to the boy’s death.

Burns said at this point in the investigation no arrests have been made. Burns described the child’s death as tragic; however, he reiterated that the police department still did not know the specific circumstances of the situation.

“As those involved attempt to heal from this loss, our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this event,” Burns said. “Anytime we lose a citizen of our city it’s very tragic. This tragedy is only compounded when it involves a child.”

Burns said the event served as a reminder for people to take extra care when exiting their vehicles, especially this time of year when temperatures are high.

When asked how long DéVonté had been in the car and whether a cause of death had been determined, Burns said he did not have that information at this time. He said police would be investigating any and all factors as part of the death investigation.

Regarding who found the child and who alerted authorities, Capt. Adam Heffley, who is overseeing the investigation, said that information was known but was not being released to protect the integrity of the investigation.

“We do have that information but are not willing to give that out at this time,” Heffley said. “That is part of the investigation that will be looked at thoroughly, worked through and at the conclusion of this given to the proper charging authorities, if that is something that they wish to pursue.”

In response to additional questions from reporters, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said that no additional details or information about the investigation could be provided at this time but that if more information became available it would be communicated.

As the Journal-World previously reported, police responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Iowa Street after receiving a call that a 2-year-old had been left unattended in a parked car just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

On arrival, first responders determined that the child had died.

The only residentially zoned property in the 3300 block of Iowa Street is the Easy Living mobile home park at 3323 Iowa St., behind the movie theater and divided retail building that used to be J.C. Penney.

According to the National Weather Service in Topeka, the temperature in Lawrence reached a high of 88 degrees Sunday afternoon. An online calculator says that within 10 minutes in 88-degree heat, the interior of a car can reach 107 degrees."

"A two-year-old boy died after he was found critically ill inside a hot car.

Police were called after the toddler was spotted in an unattended parked car on Sunday afternoon.

Officers from the Lawrence Police Department in Kansas, smashed their way into the vehicle but the boy, identified as DéVonté Lashawn Turner, could not be saved.


It was not immediately clear how long the child had been left in the car." - https://indiatimespost.com/boy-2-die...-31c-heatwave/
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I just still do NOT get it. It's become an epidemic. What is the answer to stop it from happening?

I brought my 2 dogs to run errands with me Saturday, the day started off nice and cool, high 60's; ran into 1 place for less than 2 minutes, when I checked the temperature back in my car, it had reached 70. I said 'that's it pups, bringing you home and finishing my errands'.
WHEN will a child be foremost on some people's minds; when will they become mindful of a little child who depends on them to protect them as if their life depended on it?? When will children, once again, become a parent's most important part of their life?
Parents forgetting their child in a car? Parents taking so many vacations without their child/red? Parents leaving their child in dc more than is necessary? Parents who cannot seem able to bring their child to the grocery anymore because they can't handle it? Parents who don't use child restraints, abuse their children, use drugs and leave their children in dangerous places while they enjoy their 'trip'.
When are parents going to realize what parenting truly involves? It means love your child, care for your child, giving up a big part of yourself for years while you protect/teach/be with your child. I'm not talking the occasional trip with SO to reconnect or putting your child with Bert and Ernie for 30 minutes so you can make dinner.
It's so sad that this speaks of such a MEMEME generation, cellphones are more important than children. A thousand things going through people's heads are more important. If life is truly that crazy for a parent, something needs to slow down. Make your life as a parent, about your child; that IS the definition of parenting. Otherwise, use birth control.
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So it looks like car manufacturers are making changes. Someone in my community group posted a picture from her rental car that reminded her to look in the back seat when she got to her destination. Apparently the sensor goes off if the back door was opened prior to driving.
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So it looks like car manufacturers are making changes. Someone in my community group posted a picture from her rental car that reminded her to look in the back seat when she got to her destination. Apparently the sensor goes off if the back door was opened prior to driving.
That's a start, a teeny tiny start. Maybe it should be mandatory for every single person with a child younger than 10 yo, to have a sensor installed. Usually when car manufacturers make changes, it's to new cars. Why not send letters to others, stating install a device or pay high fines.

Ariana, what is it like regarding hot car deaths in Canada?
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34. "BOONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Police are investigating after a toddler was found dead in a hot car in northeast Mississippi.

Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey said the 21-month-old boy was found dead around 5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Mighty Cubs Daycare. Police say it appears the child had been left in the car for several hours.

That daycare shares a parking lot with an adult day care, but police said neither business had anything to do with the child's death.

Ramey says the child appears to have been left in the vehicle at a workplace elsewhere in Booneville and wasn’t discovered until the vehicle arrived at the day care.

"It's definitely a tragedy for the family and friends of this young child. It's a tragedy for the whole community here," Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey said. "That child was left in that vehicle for several hours, and one of the parents had went to the daycare to pick the child up that evening. That's when it was noticed the child was still in the vehicle."

No one has been charged, but Ramey says officers are gathering video and statements.

Ramey did not name the child, and he stressed that the daycare was in no way responsible for the infant's death.

The body was sent to Pearl for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Ramey said family members are still being interviewed and said the infant’s death is “devastating” to the community." - https://wreg.com/2019/08/20/toddler-...h-mississippi/

33. A 22-month-old girl died Friday afternoon after being left inside a hot car in New Jersey.

Milliani Robertson-Lawrence was found unresponsive inside the vehicle outside the PATCO High Speed Line in Lindenwold, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The car's passenger window had been broken.

The girl's father, Nasir Lawrence, told KYW-TV he was devastated.

“Once I got the call, I thought it was a joke,” Lawrence said. “I pretty much broke down and lost my mind.”

Lawrence said that Milliani had been in the care of relatives while he was serving time in jail. He was trying to regain custody, he said.

“How do you forget that there’s a 2-year-old who makes a lot of noise in the car?” he asked. “... You killed my daughter. You took her from me.”

No charges have been filed and it's not clear how the girl ended up in the car or why the window was broken.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-676-8175 or email ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org.

The majority of hot car deaths are accidental, according to NoHeatStroke.org. On average, 38 children a year die from heatstroke sustained from being left inside a vehicle. Last year was the deadliest on record, with 52 children dying inside hot cars. " - https://www.insideedition.com/father...daughter-55344
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That's a start, a teeny tiny start. Maybe it should be mandatory for every single person with a child younger than 10 yo, to have a sensor installed. Usually when car manufacturers make changes, it's to new cars. Why not send letters to others, stating install a device or pay high fines.

Ariana, what is it like regarding hot car deaths in Canada?
They definitely aren’t as common but it does happen in the summer which is roughly 4 months of the year. We also have a very small population compared to the USA with many states being hot all year round. Here we still treat it as an accident for sure and most news reports are very empathetic towards the parents.
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37 8/29/2019 Lexington, KY 84 Valen Hakizimana 2 mo
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35 8/25/2019 Brownsburg, IN 80 Marah Anne Crapo 21 mo

37. "Lexington police continue to investigate the death of the newborn boy, Valen Hakizimana found dead Thursday night after being left in a hot car for several hours.

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office identified the 2-month-old boy found dead after a family member unintentionally left the child in a car for several hours Thursday. The high temperature in Lexington on Thursday was 84 degrees.
Police arrived to the home on the 1800 block of Barksdale Drive, which is in the Winburn area off Russell Cave Road, around 7:30 p.m. Thursday after learning the newborn had died.

The coroner confirmed the cause of death was hyperthermia, that is exposure to high temperatures.

“This is one of those things that as a department we hate to investigate,” Sgt. Donnell Gordon said.

“We have to do our job, and for anyone involved — the detectives, officers on scene, firemen, emergency care guys — it’s one of those cases that stick with you for your entire career.”

Officials have not stated if there will be a criminal investigation at this point.
Police did not indicate which family member was caring for Valen at that time.

According to Kentucky law, a person may be charged with second-degree manslaughter if he or she wantonly causes the death of a child younger than 8 by leaving the child in a vehicle. Second-degree manslaughter is a Class C felony.

Valen is the second child to die in a hot car this year in Kentucky and the 38th to die nationally this year, according to KidsAndCars.org. Kentucky has had 27 child hot car deaths since 1993, which is the tenth-most in the country." - http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/ken...-in-a-hot-car/

36. "A 1-year-old boy died Thursday after being left in a hot car parked at a North Carolina shopping center, police told local media outlets.

The boy's mother works at the center in Pineville, police told WSOC-TV, and realized he was in the car as she finished her shift.

This is the 37th case of a child dying of heat exhaustion in ovenlike cars nationally this year, according to KidsAndCars.org, which tracks vehicular heatstroke deaths. The case brings the toll to one short of the annual average.

Police found the boy in his car seat around 5 p.m., WCCB-TV reported, after receiving a 911 call. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. It is unclear how long the baby was inside the car, police said, and the mother is cooperating in the ongoing investigation. " - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...le/2158491001/

35. "BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of an Indiana toddler who died after she was mistakenly left in the car after her family returned home from church.

WRTV-TV reports that the Hendricks County coroner identified the 21-month-old girl as Marah Anne Crapo.

The county sheriff’s office says she died Sunday near Brownsburg, northwest of Indianapolis. Her parents and four siblings took naps after church. Family members mistakenly believed someone had removed the girl from her car seat and brought her into the house.

Efforts to revive the girl after two hours were unsuccessful.

The sheriff’s office says a criminal case from the “tragic loss” is unlikely." - https://wgem.com/2019/08/27/coroner-...g-left-in-car/
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How do you not notice your child is not in your house????

I seriously can understand accidentally not dropping off at daycare when there is a change in routine but coming home from church and you don’t realize ONE OF YOUR KIDS IS MISSING??? Ridiculous. Who are these people?
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The Knoxville death (#31) happened 5 minutes down the road from me at a store I shop at about once or twice a month.

I find it odd that we still have no more details other than the child's gender and age. It happened like a month ago and nothing. I know several of these stories had victims names, the adult's name and relation to the child, circumstances, etc out by that evening or the next day. Not with this one. The most recent story was 3 weeks ago! The news stories just say DCS is investigating but the family had no history with them.
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The Knoxville death (#31) happened 5 minutes down the road from me at a store I shop at about once or twice a month.

I find it odd that we still have no more details other than the child's gender and age. It happened like a month ago and nothing. I know several of these stories had victims names, the adult's name and relation to the child, circumstances, etc out by that evening or the next day. Not with this one. The most recent story was 3 weeks ago! The news stories just say DCS is investigating but the family had no history with them.
A quick search of the local obits for a 6-month-old male infant who died that day would yield results. Unfortunately, my internet is too slow to proceed right now. I am sure it is due to extra resources devoted to the storm response. It tells me they have no intent to charge the parents.
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A quick search of the local obits for a 6-month-old male infant who died that day would yield results. Unfortunately, my internet is too slow to proceed right now. I am sure it is due to extra resources devoted to the storm response. It tells me they have no intent to charge the parents.
Great idea, thank you! I tried it, but found nothing. The search parameters for our local paper are pretty limited though.....
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38. 3-year-old girl left in hot car for 2-3 hours died in Gilbert, police say.

While the mother was at work, the father was watching the 3-year-old.

"He accidentally left her in his vehicle after dropping the other two girls off at school," said Judy Rott, the neighbor who lives across the street.

https://www.azfamily.com/news/year-o...6b27b3930.html
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40 9/3/2019 Gilbert, AZ 108 Girl 3 yr
39 8/29/2019 Lexington, KY 84 Valen Hakizimana 2 mo
38 8/29/2019 Pineville, NC 85 Boy 1 yr
37 8/25/2019 Brownsburg, IN 80 Marah Anne Crapo 21 mo
36 8/16/2019 Booneville, MS 94 Lincoln Knox Dodds 21 mo
35 8/16/2019 Lindenwold, NJ 88 Milliani Robertson-Lawrence 22 mo
34 8/13/2019 Santaquin, UT 91 Boy 2 mo
33 8/11/2019 Lawrence, KS 89 DéVonté Lashawn Turner 2 yr
32 8/9/2019 Knoxville, TN 91 Boy 6 mo
31 8/7/2019 Columbus, NE 86 Boy 1 yr
30 8/6/2019 Moultrie, GA 90 Damian Elias Leyva 21 mo
29 8/5/2019 Ruffin, SC 88 Cristina Pangalangan 13 yr
28 8/5/2019 San Diego, CA 83 Scarlett Grace Harris 2 yr
27 8/1/2019 Corbin, KY 88 Aubrey Rose 2 yr
26 8/1/2019 Garland, TX 95 Victoria Tran 9 mo
25 7/29/2019 Oakland Park, FL 93 Noah Sneed 2 yr
24 7/26/2019 Bronx, NY 86 Luna Rodriguez 1 yr
23 7/26/2019 Bronx, NY 86 Phoenix Rodriguez 1 yr
22 7/16/2019 Richmond, VA 93 Luciana Kaye Diaz 10 mo
21 7/11/2019 Smyrna, TN 93 Daylin Palmer 3 yr
20 7/9/2019 Evansville, IN 90 Oliver Dill 3 yr
19 7/2/2019 Denton, TX 93 Sarbesh Gurung 2 yr
18 6/30/2019 Sioux City, IA 98 Girl 16 mo
17 6/28/2019 Dothan, AL 93 Castiel King 2 yr
16 6/27/2019 Morristown, TN 90 Benjamin Santana 3 yr
15 6/22/2019 Galveston, TX 92 Ryan Peña 18 mo
14 6/21/2019 Bardwell, TX 94 Mia Villegas 11 mo
13 6/20/2019 Providence Village, TX 98 Kaysen Neyland 4 yr
12 6/8/2019 Butler County, KS 86 Girl 3 mo
11 6/2/2019 Calverton Park, MO 79 Joseline Eichelberger 11 mo
10 5/22/2019 Blytheville, SC 88 Zion Akinrefon 4 yr
9 5/22/2019 Jacksonville, FL 95 Brooklyn Isaac 4 mo
8 5/18/2019 Indianapolis, In 87 Maria Guadalupe Sanchez 1 yr
7 5/11/2019 Lake Havasu, AZ 85 Malia Mae Martin 18 mo
6 5/6/2019 Lakewood Township, NJ 69 Girl 21 mo
5 5/4/2019 St. Paul, MN 71 Riley Taylor 4 yr
4 5/2/2019 Boomer, NC 82 Kaiden Logan 9 mo
3 4/22/2019 Glendale, AZ 86 Girl 18 mo
2 4/10/2019 Perdido Key, FL 81 Joy Monell-Merritt 2 yrs
1 4/4/2019 Melbourne, FL 79 Richard Wighart 14 mos

* The order has changed due to other investigations, I presume.
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The one in Santaquin, UT is being investigated as intentional. The baby was 6 months old (not sure why the list shows 2 months, unless this is a DIFFERENT case...I can't find any news about a 2 month old in Santaquin, though)



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SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police in Santaquin are investigating after a 6-month old boy died and was brought into the hospital with a body temperature of over 109 degrees.

According to a search warrant, the boy was already deceased when his mother brought him into the ER just before 6 p.m. on August 13. Doctors said the infant had hot red flushed skin that was shedding and a core temperature that was obtained by a rectal thermometer of 109.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news...-in-a-hot-car/

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Police said the woman appeared to be overly concerned about self-preservation and of officers accusing her of something rather than being concerned about losing her child, the warrant further states.
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Police are still investigating and have requested a search warrant for the mother’s phone to help build a timeline of where she was during the day.

ABC4 has left off the name of the child and the mother as she has not yet been charged with any crime.
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* Thank you for adding that. I had too slow of internet speed to backtrack and follow the comparison and change in numbering. It is becoming a real problem.

SANTAQUIN — Santaquin police have been investigating the death of a 2-month-old boy who investigators suspect was left in the back of a car for hours.

But why the baby was inside the vehicle that long was still being investigated Thursday. The boy’s mother, who Santaquin police say has given them inconsistent and false statements, is also under investigation.

As of Thursday, no one had been arrested and no charges in the case had been filed. But police say the case is still active as detectives continue to serve search warrants collecting evidence.

The investigation began Aug. 13 when officers were called to Mountain View Hospital in Payson.

“It was reported an infant had died at a storage unit in Santaquin,” a search warrant affidavit filed in 4th District Court states.

The boy had “hot red flushed skin” and a body temperature of 109.8 degrees, the warrant states. Doctors also noted that rigor mortis had already set in, according to the affidavit, which is something that happens a few hours after death.

”Prior to the emergency room calling, police and medical personnel had not received any emergency calls regarding this incident,” the warrant states.

As investigators were questioning the baby’s mother, they noted her “physical effect was unusual for a mother who just lost their infant child. She was calm and showing very little emotion. She was crying off and on struggling to provide tears and when asked a question she could stop crying instantly. (She) appeared to be overly concerned about self-preservation and me accusing her of something rather than being concerned about losing her child,” an officer wrote in the affidavit.

When asked to provide a timeline of the day, the mother “continually extended the time frames for each event and made it appear it took longer than expected to get to and from particular locations,” the warrant states.

For instance, she claimed it took 35 minutes to drive from Santaquin to the hospital on state Route 198 while driving in a “frantic rush.” But officers noted that even when driving the speed limit, that trip should only take 10 minutes.

Also neighbors who she claimed saw her with her child and a meeting she claimed to have at the storage unit in Santaquin turned out to be not true, according to the warrant.

“(Her) timeline was off and her story had large gaps of time that were unaccounted for. (She) proceeded to change her story a couple of times regarding the several hours leading up to her arrival at the hospital,” the warrant states.

The woman also claimed her cellphone was dead, which is why she didn’t call 911.

When the officer said he was going to seize her cellphone, the woman became defensive and “the phone was mysteriously lost,” according to the affidavit.

The next day, however, police say the woman gave them her phone as well as a different story about her whereabouts leading up to her arrival at the hospital.

“She claimed she went driving all around the south end of Utah County looking for her lost dog with her child in the car and lost track of time. She stated her child must have gotten too hot while in the car,” the warrant states.

Police say they believe the baby, Wade Ron Taylor, died from being in the back of the car too long, as the mother claims. But as of Thursday, the reasons for the child being in the car that long were unconfirmed. - https://www.ksl.com/article/46632909...eft-in-vehicle
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I think that is bad reporting in the ksl.com article.

I do believe it is the same case, the dates/city/internal temperature lines up, but I think the age of the child is incorrect. If you search for his obituary, his photo is definitely that of a 6 month old vs. 2 month old.

Not that it changes the severity of the tragic event. It seems so suspicious though. I am interested to see how it pans out. I feel so sad about it
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41 9/17/2019 Hobbs, NM 90 Zariah Hasheme 2 yr

HOBBS, N.M. - A 2-year-old girl died in a hot car after a babysitter left the child in a hot car for several hours, police said. Hobbs Police said Tammy Brooks, 41, was supposed to drop the child off at day care but instead drove to work and left the toddler in the car for several hours. Investigators said Brooks realized the child was in the car when she went to the car to run an errand.

Brooks was arrested and charged with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death. - https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-...u6zGcsxWqcphUI
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Gosh, can you imagine being that parent? These just make me sooo soo sad.
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Gosh, can you imagine being that parent? These just make me sooo soo sad.
It is sad.

It is also sad that she is immediately charged with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death and the majority of the parents above that did the exact same thing were not charged at all.

"Investigators learned that the child was left in the care of 41-year-old, Tammie Brooks, of Hobbs, at approximately 6:30 AM on the morning of September 17. Brooks was supposed to drop the child off at daycare; however, drove to her place of employment instead. The child was left unattended in a car seat for several hours until Brooks realized the child was still in the car after running an errand. An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, NM.

Tammie was charged with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death, a 1st degree felony, and is currently incarcerated in the Hobbs City Jail pending arraignment."
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With this case I wonder if she was a last minute babysitter and not used to having a little one in care?
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9/21/2019 San Antonio, TX 93 Liam Ordonez 3 yr

"SAN ANTONIO - A 3-year-old boy died Saturday after being left in a hot car in Texas, police said. A family came home from a T-ball game in the afternoon with their two sons and accidentally left one of the boys in the vehicle.

"One parent thought the other parent had grabbed both of the children, and, in fact, only the 6-year-old had been taken out of the car," Lt. Jesse Salame, of the San Antonio Police Department, told ABC News. "By the time they realized it, several hours had passed, and when they got the child out of the vehicle, he was not responsive.”

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

If confirmed by the medical examiner as a death related to being in a hot car, it would be the sixth child to die in that manner this year in Texas, according to Kids and Cars, a nonprofit group that brings awareness to safety issues surrounding children and vehicles.

Investigators called it a “terrible accident.”

“There's no way that this was anything more than just an accident," Salame told ABC News. "They were in a hurry or they got distracted, and that very literally could happen to anybody, and that's probably the most tragic thing of it all." - https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-...GpqN5AicjBg7B0
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