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Man Trapped in Car for 13 Hours: 'Hot Is Not the Word'

Perfect storm of electrical issues, no cell phone contributed to Pete Pyros' situation

(Newser) - An electrical mishap sent Pete Pyros to hell last week—or what felt like it. The 75-year-old Cleveland man is sharing his story after finding himself trapped in his stiflingly hot 2006 Cadillac for 13 hours. He tells FOX 8 that he pulled into his garage and found that the... More »

Police: Mom Left Kids in Hot Car, Attacked Good Samaritan

She's been charged with battery, child desertion

(Newser) - A mother in Louisiana left her two young children locked in a hot car for around 90 minutes and then attacked one of the people who rescued them, police say. Shawnise Sherman, 22, has been charged with child desertion and battery, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Police say she left... More »

Man Cited for Damage After Breaking Into Car to Save Dogs

Ohio police say Richard Hill should have waited

(Newser) - An Ohio man who smashed a window to save two dogs left in a hot car received a citation for criminal damage from police officers who turned up minutes later. Richard Hill says he saw the dogs in a car in the parking lot of the Parma, Ohio, Walmart on... More »

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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