8 Children Die From Heat in One Week

Concerns grow over risks of leaving children alone in a car on a hot summer day.
3:00 | 08/17/12

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And now, we turn to a government warning tonight, another alarm about the risks of leaving a child alone in a car on a hot day. Eight children died in just the first week of august, for being left in cars. And now, there's new evidence that the bodies of young children heat up more quickly than adults. Here's abc's dav kerley. Reporter: A hot day. An unimaginable mistake. Leaving a child in a car. Government officials are so alarmed by recent cases, they ASKED reggie McKinnon to tell his story. I heard someone screaming. It was me. Reporter: Mckinnon forgot to drop off 17-month-old payton at day care. He went straight to work on a florida summer day two years ago. Returning four hours later and finding his dead daughter. How could you leave your child, but that's the piece that I struggle with even today. Reporter: And you don't have an answer? No answer. Reporter: Already, 23 more children have died this summer. Cars heat up extremely fast, so, we're going to shut the door here and start the timer. We're at 89 degrees. The sun radiates off the interior. We're not you a five minutes, we've hit 97 degrees already. And researchers will tell you cracking a window won't make a difference. Tests show in 20 minutes, the temperature is up 29 degrees. 30 minutes, up 34 degrees. An hour or longer, a 45 to 50 degrees hotter than it is outside. Young children are especially at risk. Their bolds heat up three to five times faster than adults. On a hot day, they can die in a matter of minutes. The pain is still deep for the McKINNON FAMILY. Their only hope? Their story saves lives. David kerley, abc news, washington.

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