In March, a Texas woman returned to her car after a day at work at a shopping mall to find her 5-month-old son dead, overcome by heat. She said she was sure she had dropped him off at daycare. Though the temperatures that day only climbed into the 70s, police said the temperature inside the car was probably more than 100 degrees.
When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The temperature inside a closed car rises most quickly during the first 15 minutes that it is left in the sun, according to the CDC.
Janice Summerson, a family friend, told the Des Moines Register that Engholm was not the kind of woman to get frazzled under the pressures of her job, even when she was juggling numerous projects.
"I have always known Kari as being a calm, cool, collected, composed, methodical individual," Summerson said. "I guess I've always known she's a very gentle-natured soul."