Hot Car Deaths
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10 months ago

1-year-old dies after being left in daycare van in Omaha, Nebraska

The driver of the van was arrested on a charge of child abuse by neglect, resulting in death.
10 months ago
The driver of the van was arrested on a charge of child abuse by neglect, resulting in death.
10 months ago

3-month-old dies after being left in hot car in Houston, police say

A baby boy died in Houston on Tuesday after being left in a car amid a dangerous and unrelenting heat wave, police said.
10 months ago
1 year ago

Florida babysitter arrested over hot car death, authorities say

A Florida babysitter is facing a manslaughter charge over the death of an infant who was accidentally left in a car for hours amid scorching temperatures.
1 year ago
1 year ago

11-month-old dies after left in car during church service; mom arrested: Police

An 11-month-old baby girl has died after being left in a car for three hours while her mother officiated a Florida church service, police said.
1 year ago
Police tape at a crime scene.
2 years ago

Grandfather charged after leaving 1-year-old granddaughter in hot car

A grandfather has been charged in Florida after leaving his granddaughter in a hot rental car at a Hertz facility at a Daytona Beach International Airport.
2 years ago
The Volusia Sheriff's Office released a still from body camera footage after a child was found Monday at a Hertz rental car facility at Daytona Beach International Airport.
2 years ago

5-year-old boy dies in hot car outside elementary school

A 5-year-old boy died after he was found in a hot car outside a South Texas elementary school.
2 years ago
A car is seen in an undated stock photo.
2 years ago

3-month-old baby dies in hot car due to alleged delay in response

A 911 dispatcher allegedly took eight minutes to realize the child was in cardiac arrest, as some criticize the D.C. Office of Unified Communication’s past responses to critical situations.
2 years ago
 A 911 dispatcher allegedly took eight minutes to realize the child was in cardiac arrest, as some criticize the D.C. Office of Unified Communication’s past responses to critical situations.
2 years ago

3-month-old boy dies after being left in hot car

A 3-month-old baby boy has died after being left in a hot car in Washington, D.C., authorities said.
2 years ago
2 years ago

Children are dying in hot cars. Here's what automakers are doing to try to stop it

Automakers are working on advanced technology to prevent pediatric and pet heatstroke.
2 years ago
Japanese automaker Toyota is testing millimeter-wave, high-resolution 4D imaging radar to help detect occupants in vehicles.
2 years ago

The risk of leaving a child inside a hot car

The number of child hot car deaths is slowly rising with the scorching summer temperatures.
2 years ago
VIDEO: The risk of leaving a child inside a hot car
2 years ago

After 18-month-old dies in hot car, dad dies by apparent suicide: Police

A Virginia father has died by apparent suicide after finding his child dead inside his hot car, authorities said.
2 years ago
Stock photo shows a car parked in the sun on a street.
2 years ago

How to prevent hot car deaths

“I think the No. 1 misconception is that this will never happen to me and that it only happens to bad parents and nothing could be further from the truth.”
2 years ago
VIDEO: How to prevent hot car deaths
2 years ago

3-year-old dies after nearly 3 hours in hot car

A 3-year-old boy has died after he was left in a hot car in Columbus, Georgia, the coroner said.
2 years ago
Police continues to investigate the heat-related death of a three-year-old child found unresponsive in a car on June 26, 2022 at the Wendy’s on Wynnton Road in Columbus, Ga., pictured in this image from Google Maps Street view.
2 years ago

Man's murder conviction overturned for son's hot car death

Georgia's Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of Justin Ross Harris, a father who went on trial for his son's hot car death.
2 years ago
Justin Ross Harris, left, stands up in court at the request of his defense attorney H. Maddox Kilgore, right, during is trial, Oct. 3, 2016, Brunswick, Ga.
2 years ago

5-year-old boy dies in hot car as family prepares for birthday party

A child died after being left in a hot car in Houston on Monday as record-high temperatures struck the city.
2 years ago
A Houston mother rushing home to prepare for a birthday party may have left her 5-year-old son in a vehicle for two to three hours before realizing he was in there on June 20, 2022. The child died as a result, according to Harris County authorities.
3 years ago

1-year-old girl dies after spending all day in hot car

A 1-year-old girl has died in the Houston area after being left in a hot car all day, authorities said.
3 years ago
A 1 year-old girl was found dead in a car in Harris County, Texas, on Sept. 9, 2021.
3 years ago

Consumer Reports tests latest in hot car detection technology

As 17 children have died this year after being left in hot cars, new technology shows that the car itself could be the key to preventing tragedy.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Consumer Reports tests latest in hot car detection technology
3 years ago

At least 2 kids die in hot cars this week as heat wave hits US

At least two children have died in hot cars this week as a heat wave hits the U.S.
3 years ago
A car is seen in an undated stock photo.
4 years ago

3-year-old dies, sister in critical condition after found in hot car

On Monday, Arkansas State Police received a call from a 21-year-old mother Kaylee Petchenik who stated she woke up from a nap and her children were missing.
4 years ago
A car is seen in an undated stock photo.
4 years ago

Dad pleads guilty in hot car deaths of 1-year-old twins

The babies, Luna Rodriguez and Phoenix Rodriguez, died in July 2019.
4 years ago
Juan Rodriguez, his wife, and 4-year-old son stand outside the Bronx Hall of Justice on August 1, 2019, after prosecutors said they will not pursue a grand jury indictment at this time in the hot car deaths of his 1-year-old twins. 
5 years ago

1-year-old dies after being left in car all day, marking 50th hot-car death of year

Temperatures exceeded 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Tampa, Florida, that day.
5 years ago
A child died after being left inside a hot car in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 14, 2019.
5 years ago

'Nobody believes this could happen to them': 2 more hot-car deaths in 1 afternoon

Within hours, two children over 900 miles away from each other died after being left in hot cars.
5 years ago
Police investigate the scene of a hot car death in Lindenwold, New Jersey, Aug. 16, 2019.
5 years ago

Child dies after being left inside hot car all day

The 1-year-old girl was found unconscious inside her family's car, parked outside their Tampa home, on Monday evening.
5 years ago
The 1-year-old girl was found unconscious inside her family's car, parked outside their Tampa home, on Monday evening.
5 years ago

4-month-old baby dies after being left in hot car in Phoenix

A 4-month-old baby died Tuesday after being left inside a van in Phoenix, authorities said.
5 years ago
A 4-month-old child died after being left inside a car parked outside a school district office in Phoenix, Oct. 1, 2019.
5 years ago

3-year-old dies after being left in hot car in San Antonio

A 3-year-old died on Saturday after being left in a hot car.
5 years ago
A 3-year-old died on Saturday after being left in a hot car in San Antonio.
5 years ago

Babysitter arrested in 2-year-old girl's hot car death

This marks the 42nd child to die in a hot car this year.
5 years ago
Tammy Brooks in a police booking photo.
5 years ago

Guardian charged after 1-year-old girl dies in hot car

Shelton Shambry, 60, was charged Monday with fourth-degree abuse and neglect after a 1-year-old girl died in a hot car.
5 years ago
Authorities investigate the the death of a child found inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the PATCO Lindenwold Station, in Lindenwold, N.J., Aug. 16, 2019.
5 years ago

2019 hot car deaths surpass yearly national average

The U.S. has already 40 hot car deaths in 2019, surpassing the yearly average. Automakers are voluntary committing to back-seat alert systems.
5 years ago
In this Sunday, July 28, 2019, file photograph, unsold 2019 Chevrolet Equinox sports utility vehicles sit at a dealership in Englewood, Colo.
5 years ago

1-year-old found dead inside hot car in North Carolina

The boy died Thursday at the Pineville shopping center after his mother left him in the car for hours while she was at work.
5 years ago
The boy died Thursday at the Pineville shopping center after his mother left him in the car for hours while she was at work.
5 years ago

1-year-old dies after being left in hot car all day, police say

A 1-year-old child died Thursday evening after being left inside a hot car in North Carolina, police said.
5 years ago
A 1-year-old boy has died after being left in a hot car in Pineville, North Carolina, Aug. 29, 2019, police said.
5 years ago

Video shows frantic mom after baby left in hot car: 'I don't know how I forgot her'

The mother said she was distracted and forgot the 5-month-old in the car.
5 years ago
Stacey Holly is seen in this booking photo.
5 years ago

2 children die after being left in hot cars

A 1-year-old girl died in a hot car in Lindenwold, New Jersey, and a 21-month-old boy was found dead in a car in Booneville, Mississippi. Both died on Friday.
5 years ago
VIDEO: 2 children die after being left in hot cars
5 years ago

Mom arrested for accidentally leaving baby locked in hot car: Police

The temperature reached 108 degrees in Chandler, Arizona, on Tuesday.
5 years ago
Holli Platt in a police booking photo.
5 years ago

2 women are in jail after leaving infant in a hot car at Walmart

Karlee Spear, 21, and Ashlee Danley, 26, left the infant in the car for 45 minutes to an hour to go grocery shopping.
5 years ago
2 women are in jail after leaving infant in a hot car at Walmart
5 years ago

Day care worker disabled safety alarm in hot van where 2-year-old died: Report

A day care worker shut off a child safety alarm in a van where a 2-year-old boy was found dead.
5 years ago
A photo of Noah Sneed is held during a gathering to honor his life with a candlelight memorial in front of the Ceressa's Enrichment and Empowerment Academy in Oakland Park, Fla., July 30, 2019.
5 years ago

Activist whose child was left in hot car and survived says it 'can happen to anyone'

A week after a New York City father was arrested for the death of his twins, Erin Holley, whose 4-week-old son survived a similar incident, is saying that families need to set rules for prevention.
5 years ago
VIDEO:  Activist whose child was left in hot car and survived says it 'can happen to anyone'
5 years ago

13-year-old with special needs dies after being left in hot car

Two people were arrested after a child was found dead inside a vehicle in South Carolina on Monday night, authorities said.
5 years ago
Rita Pangalangan, 49, was arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl in a hot car on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Colleton County, S.C.
5 years ago

Charges on hold for father in twins' hot-car death

An attorney for Juan Rodriguez, who left his twin toddlers in the car, said he and his family "will be dedicating their life to the cause of ensuring this does not happen to anyone else again."
5 years ago
VIDEO: Charges on hold for father in twins' hot-car death
5 years ago

No charges sought in hot car death of twins

Juan Rodriguez, 39, a licensed clinical social worker, had already pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter in the deaths of his children Luna and Phoenix on Friday afternoon.
5 years ago
Juan Rodriguez, 39, a licensed clinical social worker, had already pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter in the deaths of his children Luna and Phoenix on Friday afternoon.
5 years ago

2-year-old boy dies after he's left in scorching hot van outside day care

The temperature climbed to 91 degrees in Oakland Park on Monday.
5 years ago
Noah Sneed was found dead by a daycare employee Monday afternoon inside a transport van parked in front of the Ceressa's Daycare and Preschool in Oakland Park, Fla.
5 years ago

Dad whose infant twins died in hot car is 'devastated' attorney says

Juan Rodriguez and his wife spent much of the proceedings in tears.
5 years ago
Juan Rodriguez, left, who spent much of his first court appearance in tears, pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide after his 1-year-old twins died in a hot car after forgetting to drop them off at day care on Friday, July 27, 2019.
5 years ago

Two infants found dead in hot car in New York: Police

The twins' father is in custody and charges are pending, an NYPD spokesperson said.
5 years ago
Two infants found dead in hot car in New York: Police
5 years ago

Owner arrested after 3 dogs die in car during scorching heat wave

Three dogs died after they were left in a car in Rhode Island during Sunday's scorching heat wave, authorities said.
5 years ago
An undated stock photo shows cars parked outside in the sun.
5 years ago

3-year-old boy dies after he's left in 'excessively hot' car on college campus

A 3-year-old boy died after he being left in a car on University of Southern Indiana campus on a hot day.
5 years ago
Members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office investigate the death of a child left in a hot car at the University of Southern Indiana's Children's Learning Center, July 9, 2019.
5 years ago

Bill would require warning for children left in hot cars as number of deaths rises

Sixteen children have died in hot cars so far this year. A bill in Congress would require an alert in vehicles if someone is in the backseat when the engine is turned off
5 years ago
A child's car seat is pictured in an undated stock photo.
5 years ago

1-year-old girl dies after she's left alone in car on hot day

The temperature reached 98 degrees in Sioux City, Iowa, on Sunday.
5 years ago
An undated stock photo shows cars parked outside in the sun.
5 years ago

Mother arrested after allegedly leaving baby in hot, locked car to enter store

On police body-cam footage, the mother could be heard saying that she thought the air-conditioning system in the car was on.
5 years ago
A woman is facing a possible charge of child endangerment after Oklahoma police say she left her 14-month-old child in a car for up to 20 minutes.
5 years ago

2 young children die in hot cars during scorching temperatures over the weekend

Two young children have died in Texas after they were left in hot cars during scorching temperatures.
5 years ago
Los Lazos Mexican restaurant is pictured in this undated image from Google.
5 years ago

Mom arrested after 1-year-old daughter dies in hot car

Chaya Shurkin, 25, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
5 years ago
Chaya Shurkin in a police booking photo.
5 years ago

11-month-old girl dies after being locked in hot car for 15 hours: Police

An 11-month-old girl died after being locked in hot car for 15 hours, according to police.
5 years ago
In this undated stock photo shows a car parked in the sun on a street.