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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 »

3-Year-Old Twins Climb Into Hot Truck, Die

Mother was reportedly napping inside house at the time

(Newser) - Tragedy in Louisiana, where 3-year-old twins died after being found in a pickup truck outside their house Saturday, the Shreveport Times reports. Their mother was at the Bossier City home at the time, and neighbors say they heard from her that she was looking for the children, Oliver and Aria... More »

Houston 3-Year-Old Climbs Into Hot Car, Dies

Child locks trapped him inside

(Newser) - A tragedy in Houston—and a reminder that almost a third of children who die in hot cars do so after finding their own way in. Police in Houston say that 3-year-old Evan Trapolino died Thursday after apparently walking out of his house and climbing into a car parked in... More »

Cops: Officer's Baby Son Was Left in Car, Died

He was left for 'an extended period of time'

(Newser) - "As a police family, we have experienced a terrible tragedy," the chief of police in Rome, NY, says of the death of an officer's baby son. Cops say Rome officer Mark Fanfarillo called 911 on Monday afternoon after finding his 4-month-old son dead in his vehicle outside... More »

Cops: Grandparents Forgot Baby in Hot Car

Ga. boy was left in SUV for hours after church

(Newser) - A baby in northwest Georgia is dead because the three adults who were supposed to be looking after him all thought somebody else had taken him inside, police say. Instead, 11-month-old Jaxon Taylor died inside a hot SUV after being left there for more than two hours on Saturday afternoon... More »

Girl Left in Hot Car for 16 Hours Dies; Dad Arrested

He admits he was drinking, blacked out

(Newser) - Tragedy in Baltimore, where a 2-year-old girl died yesterday after being left in a hot car. Police say her father, Wilbert Carter, left her in the car sometime Sunday, and WBAL-TV reports that she was inside it for at least 16 hours. Carter, 31, is also reportedly the one who... More »

Toddler Dies in Hot Car as Mom Teaches Kids

Jamie Buckley didn't discover her 18-month-old until school let out

(Newser) - A Florida toddler died after being left in a hot car all day in an elementary school parking lot while her schoolteacher mom taught, reports Panama City's News Herald . Jamie Buckley told police she arrived at work yesterday between 7am and 7:30am and went inside the school, forgetting... More »

Man Whose Young Son Died in Hot Car Is Charged

Kyle Seitz faces a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to year in prison

(Newser) - The Connecticut father of a 15-month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car in July has been charged with negligent homicide, reports the AP . Kyle Seitz, 36, turned himself in yesterday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest, police say. He was released on a... More »

3-Year-Old Left in Car During Choir Practice Dies

Hayden Nelson spent 3 hours in a car in Phoenix

(Newser) - America has seen its 28th death of a child left in a hot car this year, according to the Kids and Cars nonprofit, with the latest death occurring on Saturday in Phoenix. In that case, 3-year-old Hayden Nelson was allegedly left in a car outside Abundant Life Church for several... More »

Another Dad Charged in Son's Hot Car Death

John Junek tells police he forgot to drop son at day care

(Newser) - A Maryland father faces involuntary manslaughter charges after he left his 17-month-old son in a hot car while he went to work, police say. John Junek dropped his 4-year-old son at preschool Wednesday morning, then drove to Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where he was supposed to drop the toddler... More »

Dad in Hot Car Death Indicted, Could Face Death Penalty

Justin Ross Harris indicted on 8 counts

(Newser) - Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia man accused of murder after fatally leaving his son in a hot car, has been indicted by a grand jury on eight counts, including malice murder, CNN reports. The other charges include two counts of felony murder and multiple counts of cruelty to children, and... More »

Teen Invents Way to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

System tracks parents as they leave the vehicle

(Newser) - An inventor has developed a possible solution to the recurring problem of kids left in hot cars—and she did so before even graduating from high school. Alissa Chavez, 17, came up with the basic idea for her lifesaving contraption for a school science fair, the Washington Post reports. (Yes,... More »

Lawyer: Dead Toddler's Mom Harassed, Can't Work

He wants media to leave Leanna Harris alone

(Newser) - Some of Leanna Harris' statements in the wake of her 22-month-old's hot-car death and her husband's felony murder charge have raised eyebrows. Her lawyer didn't specifically discuss those lines ( among them : After learning of the charge, she reportedly asked Justin Ross Harris, "Did you say... More »

'I Can Barely Breathe': Dad in Hot Car Video Goes Viral

Terry Bartley sweats in warning message

(Newser) - With children's deaths in hot cars making headlines this summer, a North Carolina dad is demonstrating the very real dangers involved—by experimenting on himself. Terry Bartley filmed himself sitting in a baking car with the windows closed in heat he says is approaching 90 degrees. Covered in sweat,... More »

Boy's Final Hours in Hot Car Recreated

Toxicology report shows Cooper Harris wasn't sedated

(Newser) - Investigators in Georgia yesterday had the grim task of trying to recreate the horrific final hours of Cooper Harris, the 22-month-old boy whose father is accused of killing him by deliberately leaving him in a hot car. The investigators parked Justin Ross Harris' SUV in the same place he left... More »

15-Month-Old Boy Dies in Hot Car

Connecticut death is 16th this year

(Newser) - Despite all the warnings—and all the attention the Cooper Harris case in Georgia has received—yet another child has died in a hot car, at least the 16th so far this year. At a press conference yesterday, police in Ridgefield, Conn., released few details but said they were notified... More »

3-Year-Old Dies After Playing in Hot Car

Logan Cox left house while mother was sleeping

(Newser) - A 3-year-old South Carolina boy is dead after being trapped in a car for what his family believes to be no more than 30 minutes. But unlike other recent cases making headlines, that of Logan Cox didn't include a car ride—and exposes another danger cars can present to... More »

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