Authorities say a 3-month-old kid died on Tuesday after being left in a hot car in a neighborhood in Washington, D.C. This is the 15th such incident involving a small child this year.
Aaron Boyd Jr. has been identified by the D.C. Metropolitan Police. According to them, Aaron was discovered unconscious and not breathing in a car parked outside of a Park View home at around 6 o’clock in the evening.
The infant was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later declared dead, according to the police.
Who had left the baby in the car was a mystery. The baby’s father allegedly told authorities that he discovered the infant inside the car and that it had been there for up to two hours. Police stated that they believe it was a terrible accident, but that they are still looking into it. In order to ascertain the reason and manner of death, an autopsy is also being conducted.
According to AccuWeather, temperatures in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region rose to 97 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday.
Nearly two weeks ago, a 2-year-old child from Scranton, Kansas, was declared dead after being discovered motionless inside a car. Authorities think the kid entered the car on his own.
Experts point out that within minutes of being closed, cars turn into ovens. According to Amber Rollins, head of the national non-profit group KidsandCars.org, data has revealed that 80% of the temperature increase inside a car occurs within the first 10 minutes.
As Rollins previously told AccuWeather, “a vehicle does act like a greenhouse, so it allows that heat to come in through the windows, traps it inside and it’s an oven, it heats up.” “It’s important for families to understand that it doesn’t have to be 90 degrees outside for a child to suffer from heatstroke inside of a vehicle,” Rollins said at the time.
Since 1998, the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization, has collected data showing that, on average, 38 children under the age of 15 have died countrywide from heatstroke each year after being left in a vehicle.
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More than half of the 25 deaths in 2020 and more than half of the 23 deaths in 2021 have already been recorded in 2022, when 15 hot automobile deaths involving children have been. 53 adolescent hot car deaths were recorded in one year, which is a sobering record that was attained in both 2018 and 2019.
Other children in hot cars have perished this year, including a toddler who passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, after being left in a hot car outside a childcare facility for six hours in May.
• A 5-year-old child who was unintentionally left in a car for a number of hours in the Houston region in June as the family got ready to celebrate his sister’s birthday.
• In Florida in July, an 11-month-old baby boy died after being left in a hot car.
According to a statement released on Wednesday by KidsandCars.org, “Child hot vehicle deaths and injuries are poorly misunderstood by the general public, and the majority of parents believe this would never happen to them.” “In the vast majority of kid hot car deaths, a caring, responsible parent unintentionally left the child,” says the study.
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