Two North Texas Toddlers Die In Hot Car
It doesn't officially have to be 'summer' for it to get hot in Texas. On any typical day it can get hot and can kill kids and animals that are locked in cars with the windows up. The message is repeated over and over again when it comes to kids or animals being locked in a car with the windows rolled up on a hot day. They can die from heat exhaustion in this situation.
This past weekend two children passed away after somehow locking themselves in a car in Weatherford. According to Dallasnews.com, the mom of the children called the Parker County Sheriff's office to report that her children, a 2 year old daughter and 16 month old son, 'took off' on her. At the time it was around 96 degrees and she could not locate them after they 'took off'. After searching her property, she found her children locked in a small car. The mom then broke out a window of the car and found both of her children unresponsive. They were pronounced dead around 4:30 and were taken by the Tarrant County Medical Examiners for an autopsy. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler and his detectives are in the early stages of the investigation and will not be releasing any information as there are many questions that still remain and will be investigating the case with no assumptions being made.
According to NoHeatStroke.org - 709 children have died from heatstroke in cars since 1998. That total unfortunately increased this past weekend bringing the national number of deaths like this in kids to 9 in the U.S. in 2017 alone.
Unfortunately a tragedy like this will bring up the message once again that hot cars can kill.
When you have kids in your car, no matter how busy you are or how full your hands are ALWAYS remember to check the backseat of your car to make sure your kids have gotten out before locking the doors. When your car is sitting in the driveway, parking lot or on a piece of property somewhere be sure to lock your vehicle so that kids can't get inside and accidentally lock themselves inside. No matter how busy life gets, if you've got kids in the car, always be aware of where they are when you get to your destination.