Baby Dies, Left in Sweltering SUV

An 11-month-old baby was left in SUV for about an hour as temperatures hovered around 90 degrees.

It all happened yesterday in Lauderhill, Florida. Police say the baby’s parents and four older siblings were unloading groceries in the late afternoon and forgot to get the baby out of the vehicle. About an hour later, they realized the baby wasn’t in the house. The parents went to the Ford Explorer and found the baby inside.

According to the report, they called 911 and began CPR. The child was unresponsive.

When the paramedics arrived, they too tried to revive the baby, but the baby was declared dead Wednesday evening.

The afternoon high on Wednesday in Lauderhill was 91 degrees.

The police spokesperson says the parents are being cooperative with the investigation and that the entire family is extremely distraught.

Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2015: 9
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2014: 31
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 646

An examination of media reports about the 637 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 17-year period (1998 through 2014) shows the following circumstances:
53% – child “forgotten” by caregiver (336 Children)
29% – child playing in unattended vehicle (186)
17% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (111)
1% – circumstances unknown (4)

Average elapsed time and temperature rise
10 minutes ~ 19 deg F
20 minutes ~ 29 deg F
30 minutes ~ 34 deg F
60 minutes ~ 43 deg F
1 to 2 hours ~ 45-50 deg F

So if it was 90 degrees on Wednesday, the inside of the car could have heated to 133 degrees in an hour’s time.

(sources: noheatstroke.org, CBS Miami)

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