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Dad Leaves Toddler Twins in Hot Minivan for 3.5 Hours

The tragedy unfolded at a Honda dealership in Alabama

(Newser) - In another hot-car tragedy, an Alabama father left his 11-month old twins in a minivan for nearly 3 1/2 hours—and the result was not good, AL.com reports. Police officers and firefighters responded to his 911 call Friday at the Honda dealership in Oxford where he works. "He... More »

A Tragic Past for Parents of Toddler Who Died in Hot Car

'Miracle baby' Zariah Hasheme's mother had 6 previous miscarriages

(Newser) - Demi Petrowski had six miscarriages before a "miracle baby" arrived for her and her husband, Zachary Hasheme: daughter Zariah. Now the New Mexico couple is mourning their only child after a babysitter allegedly left the 2-year-old in a hot car. Police in Hobbs say 41-year-old Tammie Brooks was tasked... More »

Wife Pleads for Mercy for Husband After Twins' Hot-Car Deaths

Marissa Rodriguez: Husband Juan Rodriguez is 'great father,' babies' deaths a 'horrific accident'

(Newser) - The mother of the twin babies who died in a hot car in the Bronx on Friday says she's living her "absolute worst nightmare"—but she's sticking by her husband, calling the deaths of little Mariza and Phoenix a "horrific accident." "Though I... More »

He Went to Work for 8 Hours. He Left His Babies in the Car

1-year-old Phoenix and Mariza died as temps soared; dad says he forgot they were in car

(Newser) - A terrible story out of the Bronx, where twin babies have died after being left in a hot car. Juan Rodriguez, 39, has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after police say he left his infant son and daughter, said to be either 11 months or a year... More »

Mother Charged After Child Dies in Hot Car

NJ toddler was left in vehicle for 2.5 hours

(Newser) - A 25-year-old mother in New Jersey is facing criminal charges over the death of her toddler daughter in a hot car last month. Prosecutors say Lakewood resident Chaya Shurkin has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reports the Asbury Park Press . Officers responding to a report of... More »

Ex-Cop Sentenced in Child's Hot-Car Death

Cassie Barker gets maximum 20 years

(Newser) - A former Mississippi Gulf Coast police officer is headed to prison for the death of her 3-year-old daughter , who was left in a patrol car while her mom had sex with a police supervisor and fell asleep. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports ex-Long Beach police officer Cassie Barker was... More »

Child Dies After Being Left in Patrol Car by Mom, a Cop

Mother admits she was in a house having sex at the time with her supervisor

(Newser) - A former Mississippi police officer admitted to a judge that she was in a house, having sex and then falling asleep, while her 3-year-old daughter was dying of heat exposure in a patrol car outside. Cassie Barker, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in the 2016 death, CBS News reports.... More »

Mom Leaves Baby in Hot Car. This Time, a Happy Ending

A passerby noticed in Orange City, Fla., and alerted police

(Newser) - Police in Florida say there would have been yet another headline about a child dying in a hot car if not for an alert passerby. Officers credit Jessica Kaiser with spotting the 8-month-old boy in a vehicle with the windows rolled up on a 93-degree day in Orange City, reports... 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 »

Baby, Toddler Die in Hot Cars Parked Outside Their Homes

Latest hot car deaths take place in Indiana, Texas

(Newser) - Two more young children died this week in hot cars that were parked outside the family homes:
  • A coroner says the parents of 3-year-old girl who died in a hot car in central Indiana thought she was asleep inside their home, the AP reports. Madison County Coroner Marian Dunnichay says
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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 »

Boy Dies in Hot Car Outside TV Studio

Police say he was left for an 'extended period'

(Newser) - A Canadian toddler died in a hot vehicle on a day when temperatures climbed into the 80s, police say. The 3-year-old boy was found in an SUV in Burlington, Ontario, outside a building that houses the studios of broadcaster Crossroads Christian Communications, Global News reports. Police say the boy was... More »

Prosecutor: Mom Told Stylist 'No Rush' as Kid Died in 129-Degree Car

Georgia denies bail for Dijanelle Fowler in death of 1-year-old daughter

(Newser) - The woman accused of second-degree murder in the hot-car death of her 1-year-old daughter has been denied bail in Georgia, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Prosecutors say Dijanelle Fowler, who is 25, spent more than five hours getting her hair braided at a salon on June 19 while Skylar Fowler died... 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 »

Murder Charges for Parents Whose Son Died in Hot Car

Authorities say 2-year-old left in car overnight

(Newser) - A couple in Tennessee is facing life in prison—or even the death penalty—after authorities say they left their 2-year-old son alone in a car overnight and he died, WATE reports. Jade Phillips called 911 around 2pm July 14. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , authorities say her son... 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 »

Cops: Mom Spent Night With Friends as Kids Died in Hot Car

Amanda Hawkins was arrested Thursday

(Newser) - "This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement," said a Texas sheriff Friday in announcing the arrest of a 19-year-old mother whose toddler girls died after being left overnight in... More »

Boy, 2, Dies After More Than 5 Hours in Hot SUV

He was left in vehicle outside Fla. day care

(Newser) - Yet another child has died after being left in a hot car all day. The latest tragic death was in Brandon, Fla., where 2-year-old Jacob Manchego died Tuesday after being left for more than five hours in an SUV outside the day care center where his half sister worked, WFLA... More »

Ex of Dad Who Left Son to Die in Hot Car: 'It Was an Accident'

Leanna Taylor defends Justin Ross Harris, convicted of murder

(Newser) - The ex-wife of a 36-year-old Georgia man convicted of murder for leaving their toddler son to die inside a hot SUV says she still believes "it was an accident," the AP reports. Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty in... More »

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