A Southern California boy died tragically yesterday after becoming trapped in his family’s car.
The 3-year old had apparently climbed into the unlocked car during the afternoon hours while he was playing alone in the front yard. The car door had shut and the boy was unable to get out. Both of his parents were home at the time; his father found him after he had awoken from a nap. It was unclear how long the child was alone in the hot car. The child was rushed to an area hospital but sadly, had already passed away.
This tragic incident is just another stark reminder, to all parents with young children, of the importance of knowing where your children are and what your children are doing at all times. This child’s death, according to San Francisco State University, marks the 19th hot-car death this year. In 2013, the number was 44—and approximately 625 children in the United States have died this way since 1998.
"It's reasonable to call this an epidemic," says memory expert Dr. David Diamond, a scientist at the Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, who is often consulted on such cases. "It happens, on average, once a week from spring to early fall."
According to SFSU’s report, an examination of media reports revealed about the 606 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for an fourteen year period (1998 through 2013) shows the following circumstances:
• 51% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (312 Children)
• 29% - child playing in unattended vehicle (177)
• 18% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (111)
• 1% - circumstances unknown (6)
With the summer still in full force, we at Altman & Altman, would like to send a friendly reminder to all parents of how serious this problem is and offer some helpful tips (compiled from WebMD) to keep your children safe while the weather is still hot.