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Cops: Man Left Baby in Hot Car Then Put Her in Refrigerator

Michael Thedford has been charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - A Texas father of three has been charged with manslaughter after police say he left his 6-month-old daughter in a hot car for hours then put her in the refrigerator, Reuters reports. Michael Thedford, a 33-year-old unemployed teacher, dropped his 3-year-old and 5-year-old children off at daycare Tuesday but forgot... 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 »

Mom Left Baby in Hot Car for Stripper Audition: Cops

Police say temps inside car topped 100 degrees

(Newser) - There are the oops moments that every parent has, and then there is the case of 24-year-old Kelsey McMurtry: Nashville police say McMurtry left her 13-month-old daughter locked in her vehicle on a 72-degree day—clad in a heavy coat, with the windows closed—while she auditioned at a strip... More »

Judge Charged in Death of Young Son Left in Hot Car

The 18-month-old boy was left in the car for five hours

(Newser) - An Arkansas judge has been arrested on a complaint of negligent homicide after the death of his son in the back seat of a hot car last summer, the AP reports. An arrest warrant filed in Garland County on Thursday says Circuit Judge Wade Naramore is named in the misdemeanor... More »

Cop Smashes Window to Pull Toddler From Hot Car

Girl is OK, mother is charged

(Newser) - Some drama unfolded in a Costco parking lot in New Jersey yesterday when police smashed the window of a minivan to rescue a young girl, reports NJ.com . The toddler is OK. Bystanders noticed that the girl inside was sweating and crying and tried unsuccessfully to pry open a slightly... More »

Mom Didn't Want BMW Windows Smashed to Save Son

Social media comments are not sympathetic to her

(Newser) - A mother in China is getting a social-media lashing after her young son became trapped in her BMW and she reportedly wouldn't let rescuers smash the car's windows to save him, the Wall Street Journal reports. Per local media, firefighters responding to a call of a child locked... 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 »

Cops: Mom Leaves Kids in Hot Car While in Court for Same Thing

2 children are fine, but their mother is in even more trouble

(Newser) - A Virginia mother left her two young kids in a hot car with the windows rolled up while she made an appearance at the Henrico County Courthouse this week, say police. The harder-to-fathom part is that she was appearing in court over allegations that she had done almost the same... 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 »

Mom Who Left Kids in Hot Car Gets Probation for 18 Years

She was on a job interview in Phoenix

(Newser) - A single mother who left her two young sons in a hot car in Phoenix during a job interview was sentenced today to 18 years of supervised probation. The sentencing brought an end to the case that saw Shanesha Taylor draw sympathy around the country and collect more than $114,... 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 »

Baby Dies After 6 Hours in Car in Intel Parking Lot

Father says he forgot she was in the car seat

(Newser) - Police are investigating another death involving a child left inside a car, this time at an Intel campus in Hillsboro, Ore., reports KING-TV . The father of the 6-month-old girl tells police that he forgot his daughter was in the car seat of his Nissan Leaf when he arrived at work.... 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 »

Pair Reports Kid in Hot Car, Mom Runs Them Over: Cops

Kristina Riddell faces hit-and-run and child abuse charges

(Newser) - Shannon Dominguez says "it scares the heck out of" her when she sees a child left in a hot car. So when the 43-year-old and boyfriend Alan Mason saw a young boy in what Dominguez describes as a car in direct sunlight with its windows up in a Colorado... More »

EMTs Break Into Hot Car to Save Doll

The doll is doing fine

(Newser) - Think of it as practice: After EMTs in Hoboken got multiple calls about a baby in a hot car, they rushed to the scene, bashed in a window ... and discovered that the child in distress was actually a doll, reports ABC 7 . It seems the 2-year-old granddaughter of Kitty Mieles... 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 »

Kansas Foster Baby Dead After Being Left in Car

Male guardian booked but not charged

(Newser) - A baby in Kansas is dead after being left in the back seat of a car for two hours, reports AP . A male foster parent, 29, has been arrested, but not charged, on suspicion of aggravated endangerment in the death of the 10-month-old girl. Authorities say Seth Jackson picked up... More »

Toddler Saves Elderly Man Trapped in Hot Car

Bob King, 68, found himself stuck in his car

(Newser) - The "hot car" and the "saving" parts are the same, but the roles have been reversed: An elderly Tennessee man who found himself trapped in his hot car in a church parking lot on July 12 was rescued—by a 3-year-old. As Bob King explains to WVLT , "... More »

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