The number of infant and toddler deaths attributed to the child having been left inside a hot car is higher through the first six-months of this year than any other equal period since the early 90’s when the statistic was first kept.
A San Francisco State university researcher told the Associated Press that 18 children had died of hyperthermia through June 13 of this year. 2005 had 45 such deaths for the entire year, with only 12 of them occurring before the end of June. July and August pose the highest risks for these occurrences.
Grossly negligent parenting isn’t always to blame; two of this year’s deaths occurred when children playing outside found their ways into unlocked cars and locked themselves in.
– By: Stephen Calogera