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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 »

Shoppers Smash Window, Free 2 Kids From Hot Car

Witnesses now say they were helping mom, who was on the scene

(Newser) - Media attention from the Justin Ross Harris case has placed citizens on high alert for children stuck in hot cars—and shoppers at a strip mall in Katy, Texas, are the latest to come to the rescue. The group smashed in a car window yesterday to free two young children... 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 »

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