Baby Dies After Being Left Alone Inside Hot Car

A 10-month-old baby is dead after being left alone Thursday inside a hot car in Austin, Texas, KTLA reported. Police haven’t charged the male driver, who was found at the scene, with a crime. It’s unclear how the driver and the baby may have been related.
According to police, employees at a Waffle House spotted the baby around 2:45 p.m. in the car. After calling police, the employees pulled the baby out of the car, which was unlocked, and attempted CPR. Local reports say the temperature was around 98 degrees.
Coroners said the baby died of hyperthermia, or elevated body temperature.
Police say they aren’t sure how long the baby was in the car alone.
The death is a sad reminder how quickly cars can heat up without ventilation and its tragic results.
The Humane Society said that a car can heat up to 120 degrees within 30 minutes if the outside temperature is 85 degrees. Last month, Walmart announced a child seat with a built-in reminder to alert parents of children in the back seat when the ignition is turned off.
(Photo courtesy Austin American-Statesman)
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