Dead Child In The Hot Car

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  • waiting

    I think it was in South Carolina about a month came home from work, walked past his wife's parked car, and saw his blue baby. She was inside - asleep. Ambulances were called, but baby was dead.

    Two weeks ago - BOTH parents were in house/apartment, blue baby in car. Someone else called ambulances, broke in glass, couldn't save baby.

    If I've gotten these confused with other cases - sorry. But I know one of them happened in South Carolina. This is The South - it's hotter 'n hell down here. Everybody knows that.

    And the people should be responsible............just like any other neglect that leads to death. It's murder by neglect.


  • mole

    This very type of incident happened just yesterday to my wifes work mate, only the little girl survived. The mother was leaving for work around 9:00AM and had just put her 3 year old in the car seat and was walking around to the other side of the vehicle to put in her older sister. As she was going around the little girl kicked the automatic lock with her foot locking the doors with the keys in the ignition.

    This little girl was locked in that car for a total of 1 hour and 10 minutes, while local cops (who arrived in about 20 minutes) stood around as the little girl went unconscious, and told the frantic mother its best not to smash the glass as it might send glass flying and cut her face. (What the Hell!!) For heavens sake the girl was dying and I believe a little shattered glass would be in order to get the kid out! IDIOTS!!

    They finally sent for the locksmith who was called after the cops arrived and was told initially that it was just a lady who had locked her keys in the car! After someone else called him back and explained the gravity of the situation he immeadiately responded and hurried to the childs aid. When he arrived on the scene and discovered the unconcious girl, he ran from his vehicle, pryed the door open with a crowbar and freed the child.

    It is truly amazing that the girl survived after all the chain of screw-ups

  • Valis

    Boy forgotten in hot vehicle found dead

    Day-care center driver turns himself in after 8-month-old's death

    11:56 AM CDT on Thursday, August 21, 2003

    By MICHAEL GRABELL / The Dallas Morning News

    DUNCANVILLE – Dallas police on Thursday were questioning the driver of a day-care center van in connection with the heat-related death of an 8-month-old Dallas boy, who was left for most of the day in the back of the vehicle.

    Police said the boy, Jordan Thomas, appeared to have died from heat-related trauma.

    It was the second time in three months in which a child in the care of day-care workers has died in a hot vehicle.

    “You still have a lot of hot weather left. This is hopefully a wake-up call for parents and day-care centers that it’s dangerous and to take it seriously and pay attention,” Sgt. Hollis Edwards said Thursday. “This happens way too often.”

    Jordan, whose parents have not been identified, was picked up from his home at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday by the driver, police said. At 2:30 p.m., the boy's grandmother went to the T&T Tots Day Care & Learning Center in the Red Bird area to pick up the child, who was not there.

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    Sgt. Edwards said the day-care center called the driver, who then discovered the boy about 3:30 p.m. while he was parked at Central Elementary School in Duncanville, waiting to pick up other children.

    Police declined to release details about the vehicle's location between the time the child was picked up and when he was found.

    The driver, whose name was not released, flagged down a police officer and told him a child in the back of his vehicle was not breathing.

    The driver turned himself in to Duncanville police. No charges have been filed. Dallas police spokeswoman Janice Houston said the case is likely to be referred to a grand jury.

    Tonya Scott of Duncanville said she was picking up her niece and nephew at the school when the man realized that the baby was in the back of his vehicle. She said the man was frantic.

    "He was totally disturbed, totally disturbed," Ms. Scott said. "He was hitting his head on the concrete, rolling around on the ground. They had to calm him down."

    Ms. Scott said she and another woman tried to perform CPR on the child, but it was too late.

    Investigators were collecting evidence from the vehicle late Wednesday. The Dallas County medical examiner pronounced the child dead at the scene and will perform an autopsy.

    Temperatures hit 90 degrees across the Dallas area by 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. The day's high at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was 99 degrees.

    At Executive Airport in Dallas, temperatures were slightly lower, but the heat index was a consistent 102 to 103 degrees across the region. A heat advisory is in effect until Thursday evening.

    On May 30, Alan Devon Brown was left in a day-care van for two hours before workers realized he was missing. He died four days later.

    Two workers and a dozen children at Little Dudes and Daisies Daycare and Learning Center in Lancaster were returning from a trip to a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant when 2-year-old Alan was left in the van on a day when the temperature hit 100 degrees. The center has since closed. Day-care director Onetha Kizzee Conners, 48, and employee Jimmie Ree Smith, 42, were indicted Tuesday on injury to a child charges.

    On July 11, Mafi Manu, 3, died in her family's unlocked minivan as temperatures hit 96 degrees and heat indexes topped 102. The minivan was parked outside the Hurst family's home. No charges were filed in the incident, in which police determined that the girl had climbed into the vehicle.

    The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services' child-care licensing division, which regulates day-care centers, will begin an investigation of the Duncanville incident Thursday, said Marleigh Meisner, an agency spokeswoman.

    T&T Tots Day Care & Learning Center, which was first licensed in 1996, is owned by Beulah Sherrard of Dallas.

    Ms. Sherrard could not be reached, and day-care employees declined to comment.

    In 2002 and 2003 inspections, investigators found several violations. Most were related to record keeping, and none pertained directly to supervision.

    Jacole Lewis, the parent of a 3-year-old who attends the center, said she would take her son back there Thursday.

    "Accidents happen," Ms. Lewis said. "It's a very good day care. When I come to get my son, he's fed, he's taken care of, he's not running around, he's disciplined. Being a single mom, I'm confident they're taking care of my son."

    Chantinekia Williams, 22, who has three children in the day care, wasn't so sure.

    "I want to know what's going on," she said. "Right now, I'm a little nervous."

    Linda Bell, a former worker at T&T Tots, said she was surprised by the news that a child from the center had died.

    "It was hard to believe," Ms. Bell said. "I hate for that to happen. I know ... [Ms. Sherrard] loved those kids. ... She spent her money on that day care."

    Officials warn anyone taking care of children to be careful in the heat.

    "Count how many kids you've got going in, count how many kids that go out, double-check. Do everything you can to be sure that you've got everyone out of that vehicle," said Duncanville city spokesman Keith Bilbrey. "It's very dangerous. ... It can reach extreme temperatures inside the vehicle."

    Terrill Struttmann, executive director of Kids In Cars, said deaths in hot cars are avoidable. The nonprofit agency based in Missouri works to educate people about the dangers of leaving children alone in and around cars.

    So far this year, he said, about 35 children have died in hot cars.

    "I think it's a lack of knowledge," Mr. Struttmann said. "The vehicle acts as an oven, and temperatures rise quickly. A lot of people don't realize that children's systems can't dissipate the heat like an adult's."

    Staff writers Jaime Jordan, Terri Langford and Ian McCann and Dallas Web staff writer Kimberly Durnan contributed to this report.

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  • Big Tex
    Big Tex

    I must admit that most of the time I don't read stories like this. It's just too hard on me. All I can picture is the poor child slowly dying in the car. And then I think of my children, and when they were much smaller.

    No, I'm sorry I just can't imagine how this sort of thing happens.

  • Curious Mind
    Curious Mind

    Back in 96 or 97 a family in our cong here in Australia had both their kids die in the car , Dad was on the computer when the kids decided to play in the car and got locked in the back as it was a station wagon with a cargo screen and the tail gate only opened from outside they could not get back out again,so while dad played games the kids were dead in the car.Where was mum i hear you ask, you guessed it she was on field service.

  • refiners fire
    refiners fire

    There was a rash of these deaths here in Oz a while back. Mum was in the casino and was of oriental persuasion. Course, they didnt hang up pics of the parents, so we wouldnt draw any racial stereotype conclusions, lol. But apparently the oriental brethren have a great fondness for gambling , inordinantly more than the average whitey, and the kids boiled in the car while mum and dad played roulette.

  • Aztec

    Obiwan mentioned it but it was a really bad case here in Detroit... The mother went to get her hair done and took a stroll down the street and bought herself a cool drink while her young children were locked in the car. They found mouth prints from her young son on the windows as he tried to get air. She was pregnant when she was on trial. Bitch!


  • Valis

    At least now they are prosecuting these people. I am grateful that the mother of my chickens never leaves them in the car alone. She's paranoid and has told me as much more so about someone abducting them than having them suffocate in the car....*LOL* And that's OK by me.


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  • Brummie

    Dont know how people can let their kids out of sight for even the shortest time, what a tragedy! Not only because of the heat but because cars get stolen all the time, where are peoples brains. I remember seeing the video footage of a thief stealing a car with a 4 year old hanging out of the back door trying to escape, the little boy died further on when the open door hit a post and slammed back. Never been able to get that out of my head since. No parent should leave a kid in the car alone for even a second.


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