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Mom Charged With Murder in Baby's Hot Car Death

Elizabeth Marie Barhonovich, 28, allegedly left 10-month-old inside vehicle on hot day

(Newser) - It's yet another fatality involving a child left in a hot car, but this one has led to murder charges. Elizabeth Marie Barhonovich, 28, of Vancleave, Mississippi, is accused of leaving her 10-month-old son in a vehicle parked outside her home on a hot day in June, reports the... More »

Baby, Toddler Die in Hot Cars Parked Outside Their Homes

Latest hot car deaths take place in Indiana, Texas

(Newser) - Two more young children died this week in hot cars that were parked outside the family homes:
  • A coroner says the parents of 3-year-old girl who died in a hot car in central Indiana thought she was asleep inside their home, the AP reports. Madison County Coroner Marian Dunnichay says
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1-Year-Old Died in Hot Truck as Dad Caught a Flight

No charges in Nashville

(Newser) - A Nashville father flew out of town on a business trip, and police say he unintentionally left his 1-year-old daughter behind in his pickup truck, a mistake that proved fatal. The man's wife, Jenny Barker, had gone to work Wednesday believing husband Matt Barker would drop off their two... More »

Boy Dies in Hot Car Outside TV Studio

Police say he was left for an 'extended period'

(Newser) - A Canadian toddler died in a hot vehicle on a day when temperatures climbed into the 80s, police say. The 3-year-old boy was found in an SUV in Burlington, Ontario, outside a building that houses the studios of broadcaster Crossroads Christian Communications, Global News reports. Police say the boy was... More »

Prosecutor: Mom Told Stylist 'No Rush' as Kid Died in 129-Degree Car

Georgia denies bail for Dijanelle Fowler in death of 1-year-old daughter

(Newser) - The woman accused of second-degree murder in the hot-car death of her 1-year-old daughter has been denied bail in Georgia, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Prosecutors say Dijanelle Fowler, who is 25, spent more than five hours getting her hair braided at a salon on June 19 while Skylar Fowler died... More »

2 Tragic Baby Deaths in 2 Days in Phoenix

Zane Endress, Josiah Riggins left in hot cars

(Newser) - It's an avoidable tragedy that authorities across America want to make as rare as possible—but in Phoenix, it happened twice in two days. The first baby to die in a hot car in the Arizona city over the weekend was 7-month-old Zane Endress, who was left in a... More »

Murder Charges for Parents Whose Son Died in Hot Car

Authorities say 2-year-old left in car overnight

(Newser) - A couple in Tennessee is facing life in prison—or even the death penalty—after authorities say they left their 2-year-old son alone in a car overnight and he died, WATE reports. Jade Phillips called 911 around 2pm July 14. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , authorities say her son... More »

Cops: As Mom Spent 6 Hours Getting Hair Done, Baby Died

DeKalb police say hot-car death wasn't intentional

(Newser) - Two cases of youngsters losing their lives in hot cars are making headlines this week. Skylar Fowler, 1, became the first child to die in a hot car in Georgia this year in a June 15 incident that's emerging following mother Dijanelle Fowler's Monday arrest. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... More »

Cops: Texas Mom Left Kids in Hot Car to Teach 'Lesson'

She initially told police children went missing, then she found them dead in the car

(Newser) - A Texas mother stands charged with the deaths of her two toddlers after admitting the accidental tragedy she initially described to authorities was actually a darker one. As the Washington Post reports, Cynthia Randolph told cops that her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son disappeared while playing on May 26; after... More »

Cops: Mom Spent Night With Friends as Kids Died in Hot Car

Amanda Hawkins was arrested Thursday

(Newser) - "This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement," said a Texas sheriff Friday in announcing the arrest of a 19-year-old mother whose toddler girls died after being left overnight in... More »

Boy, 2, Dies After More Than 5 Hours in Hot SUV

He was left in vehicle outside Fla. day care

(Newser) - Yet another child has died after being left in a hot car all day. The latest tragic death was in Brandon, Fla., where 2-year-old Jacob Manchego died Tuesday after being left for more than five hours in an SUV outside the day care center where his half sister worked, WFLA... More »

Ex of Dad Who Left Son to Die in Hot Car: 'It Was an Accident'

Leanna Taylor defends Justin Ross Harris, convicted of murder

(Newser) - The ex-wife of a 36-year-old Georgia man convicted of murder for leaving their toddler son to die inside a hot SUV says she still believes "it was an accident," the AP reports. Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty in... More »

Dad in Hot-Car Death Will Never Leave Prison

Justin Ross Harris was sentenced Monday

(Newser) - If life in prison without the possibility of parole wasn't unequivocal enough, Justin Ross Harris had that and another 32 years handed to him on Monday. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mark Staley Clark followed the state's recommendation—what he called "the very least that can be... More »

Georgia Father Found Guilty in Son's Hot-Car Death

Justin Harris found guilty on all counts

(Newser) - A Georgia father has been found guilty of murder in the 2014 death of his toddler son who perished after being left in a hot car, the AP reports. A jury reached its verdict Monday in the trial of Justin Ross Harris. The former Home Depot web developer's 22-month-old... More »

Defense: Dad Committed No Crime in Son's Hot-Car Death

But it was definitely Harris' fault, lawyer says

(Newser) - A Georgia man charged with killing his toddler son wept in court Tuesday as his attorney told a jury the child's death two years ago inside a hot SUV is certainly the father's fault, but he committed no crime. Attorney Maddox Kilgore told jurors during the second day... More »

Prosecutor: Man Whose Son Died in Hot Car Had 'Double Life'

Georgia man accused of 'horrible, unimaginable' murder

(Newser) - A Georgia father left his 22-month-old son to die a lonely, agonizing death in the back of a hot SUV because he was unhappy with his family life and wanted to have sex with other women, a prosecutor alleged at the start of what is expected to be a grueling,... More »

Firefighter Charged in Young Son's Hot Car Death

Police say there's no evidence father left toddler in car deliberately

(Newser) - There was no evidence that a Tampa-area firefighter deliberately left his toddler son in a hot pickup truck for eight hours, but the circumstances amount to criminal neglect, a sheriff told a Florida newspaper, per the AP . Troy Whitaker, 41, of Palm Harbor, faces an aggravated manslaughter charge in the... More »

Tyler Perry Says He'll Pay for Funeral of Girls Left in Hot Car

15-month-old twins Ariel and Alaynah died last Thursday in Georgia

(Newser) - Tyler Perry has offered to pay for the funeral of the twin 15-month-old girls who died last Thursday after being left alone in a hot car in Georgia, ABC News reports. Police say Asa North was drunk when he left his daughters, Ariel and Alaynah, in the car. He's... More »

Cops: Dad Was Drinking Before Twins Were Left in Car, Died

Asa North has been arrested in girls' deaths

(Newser) - Police say a father charged with manslaughter Friday in the deaths of his 15-month-old twin girls had been drinking before he left them in a hot car in 90-degree temperatures, the AP reports. Witnesses heard screams and saw Asa North running as he carried the toddlers from the parking lot... More »

Twin Girls Die After Being Left in Hot Car

Father of Georgia 15-month-olds has been charged

(Newser) - Grim news from Carrollton, Ga.: Police say twin 15-month-old girls died after being left in the back of an SUV Thursday evening, USA Today reports. Police say that when they responded to a 911 call, they found neighbors holding the little girls in a baby pool, trying to cool them... More »

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