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Woman Faces Prison After Dog's Hot Car Death

Stephanie Thomas charged with felony animal cruelty; criminal past could mean long sentence

(Newser) - A woman faces charges after her dog's death inside her car on a hot Alabama summer day. Stephanie Shae Thomas was in a Trussville Walmart while her 7-year-old rescue pit bull sat inside her Mercedes in the parking lot on July 4, per WVTM . A passerby spotted the dog,... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Boy, 5, Dies After Day Care Leaves Him in Hot Van 8 Hours

Arkansas day care center fires 4 workers after tragedy

(Newser) - Police in Arkansas are investigating how day care workers could have left a 5-year-old boy in a sweltering van for hours, NBC News reports. Christopher Gardner Jr. was found unresponsive, strapped into a booster seat at 3:30pm on Monday. That was more than eight hours after the van had... More »

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