Boy, 5, dies after being left in car for hours while mom prepped birthday party – National

Boy, 5, dies after being left in car for hours while mom prepped birthday party – National




A five-year-old boy died Monday afternoon when his mother left him inside a parked car at the family’s home while she prepared for her daughter’s birthday party. The child was left inside the car for hours amid record-high temperatures in the Texas summer heat.

The Houston-area mother had been running errands with her son and eight-year-old daughter that day and was in a rush to set up her daughter’s party when she got home, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told CNN affiliate KTRK.

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The mother and daughter exited the means and didn’t notice they had left the five-year-old nevertheless strapped into his car seat in the back.

“Between maybe two to three hours, the mom noticed that the other five-year-old (was) nowhere to be found,” Sheriff Gonzalez told NBC affiliate KPRC. “She began calling for him, but no answer. She frantically ran outside and discovered the five-year-old nevertheless buckled in his car seat.”

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The mother found her son unresponsive and closest called 911. When first responders arrived they distinct the child dead at the scene. It’s unclear if the mother will confront charges for her son’s death.

Pct 3 units were dispatched to the 13700 blk of Blair Hill Ln. Upon arrival units determined a child (possibly 5 yrs) was left inside a means for several hours. The child was distinct deceased at the scene. HCSO Investigators are enroute to the scene. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/MNbhPHIHSU

— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) June 20, 2022

“It appears that the child ordinarily knows how to unbuckle himself from the toddler’s seat and open the door, but on this event, it didn’t happen,” Gonzalez told KPRC. There was no child lock engaged on the car either, according to CNN.

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It’s not clear why the child didn’t unbelt himself and the leave the car, but investigators believe he was possibly confused because the car was a rental and not the usual family means.

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The local medical examiner’s office has not however announced an official cause of death, but Gonzalez told KPRC that the five-year-old boy likely died of heat stroke.

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Temperatures in Houston on Monday were a record high, reaching over 38 degrees Celsius, according to CNN Weather.

Around 38 children under the age of 15 die from heatstroke each year in the U.S. after being left inside hot cars, according to the National Safety Council.

In Canada, around one child per year dies of being retained inside overheated cars according to a report by the Hospital for Sick Children. The majority of these incidents occur when a caregiver forgets that their child is inside the car.

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