A Connecticut toddler dies in a hot car after being left inside it for an “extended period of time.” This happens just days after a South Carolina toddler died after locking himself in the car that The Inquisitr reported on. NY Daily News reports that the temperature was 87 degrees outside when the 15-month-old boy was discovered at about 6 pm Monday in Ridgefield.
CBS Local in Connecticut reports that when police arrived at the scene, the toddler was alone inside the car. Police haven’t revealed anymore information other than the fact the child was inside the car for a long period of time.
Ridgefield is about 20 miles northwest of Fairfield with a population of 23,000 people.
In a more detailed article published on the Connecticut toddler, Ridgefield Police Captain Jeff Kreitz tells Eyewitness News 3 this:
“First and foremost our condolences goes out to the family.”
The report goes on to say that the exact cause of the unidentified boy’s death is currently under investigation. Autopsy results “by the chief medical examiner’s office were pending further studies.”
It’s unclear if anyone is expected to face charges in the tragedy. Department of Children and Family officials were notified about the toddler who died from overheating, but didn’t confirm the family’s identity. Officials haven’t had to deal with the family at all in the past.
Pix 11 informs readers of these things to keep in mind when it’s hot outside:
“When outside temperatures are between 80 and 100 degrees, cars parked in direct sunlight can reach life-threatening internal temperatures between 131 and 172 degrees, according to the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”
The report from Eyewitness News 3 also released statistics provided by Connecticut state police regarding child deaths from hyperthermia in hot cars:
“… 44 children died in hot cars in 2013, and more than 500 have died of hyperthermia after being in a hot car since 1998. In 2014 so far there have been 15 deaths related to children being left in hot cars.”
State police issue this concern following the alarming statistics:
“These numbers are troublesome because they represent deaths of babies, toddlers and young children, and these deaths are completely preventable.”
An individual could face a felony charge in Connecticut for leaving a child unsupervised in a vehicle.
Police urge people to dial 911 if they see a child alone inside a car. They could be saving a life if that baby, toddler, or young child is in a hot car without supervision.
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