Camilo Juarez, a 3-year-old boy from Moraine, Ohio has died after he was found trapped inside a hot car near a relative’s home. According to ABC News, Juarez was found unresponsive inside the car which was not being used by the family for a long time. At this time, it is unclear as to how the boy got into the car and why he was unable to get out of it. Police do, however, add that no foul play is suspected at this time.
According to Dayton Daily News, the incident happened on Wednesday last week after the child went missing from a relative’s home. The recording of a 9-1-1 call made on the day of the incident confirms that the relatives of the child were frantically looking for the child when the call was made at 6:59 p.m., local time. Updates were also posted to a local watch group on Facebook to look for the missing child. An estimated 100 people were involved in the search for Juarez.
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A few hours after the search operation was launched, a relative of the child found him inside a parked car, unresponsive. Family members and authorities have confirmed that the vehicle was inoperable. Emergency services were called in, who quickly transported Camilo Juarez to the Dayton Children’s Hospital. The child was listed in critical condition for the next two days. On Friday afternoon, a senior officer from the Moraine Police Department confirmed that doctors were not able to save the boy and that Camilo Juarez passed away earlier in the day. He went on to add that no charges have been filed and that they are treating the incident as an accidental death. Meanwhile, Sgt Jon Spencer from the police department confirmed that he will present an investigative information to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office as a matter of procedure. He also added that the family of the deceased has been very cooperative with the investigation.
“Obviously it’s a tragedy for them. I can’t even fathom what the family is going through,” he added.
On Saturday, an autopsy was performed on Camilo Juarez to establish the cause of death. On the same day, a candlelight vigil was held in memory of the boy. A 9-1-1 call, reportedly made by the father of the missing boy was also released by authorities on Friday. Investigators also found that a Facebook post was made at around 7:35 p.m. asking volunteers for help and find the boy.
Three-year-old becomes the 678th US child to die in a hot car since 1998 https://t.co/8OTtYVw4wq
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On the day of the incident, the temperatures around Dayton were hovering around the 85-degree mark. However, the heat index figure was at a much higher 91 degrees. Authorities add that being trapped inside a car at such high temperatures put children at extreme risks owing to the fact that the temperatures inside of the vehicle can, possibly increase by 20 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Also, the bodies of children tend to heat up rapidly – almost three to four times faster than adult humans, putting them at greater risk. While the coroner is yet to declare the actual cause of death, in case Juarez did die of heatstroke, he would be the eighth child to have died after being trapped in hot cars, this year.
Meanwhile, if we are to go by the latest statistics, the instances of children and pets getting trapped inside hot cars are on a steady rise. In the last week alone, there have been more than 18 such reports involving animals and children.
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