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Hot Car Dangers
It's shocking but much more common than you might think, Children left in cars when temperatures are soaring.
Daniel Gray was just sentenced to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter after leaving his infant in a car for 3 hours during a hot Arizona summer.
And Shanesha Taylor of Scottsdale left her child in the car in March with the windows cracked open while she went on a job interview. She is being charged with felony child abuse. She's pleaded not guilty.
According to a San Francisco State University study, since 1998 there have been 619 heatstroke deaths of children left in cars. More than half were forgotten by their caregiver. While 18-percent were left on purpose. Another 29-percent were playing in an unattended car.
How quickly does a temperature rise inside of a car, even if it if it's not that hot outside?
The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a study and the results are stunning!
Even on a cool 73 degree day, the temperature goes up an average of more than 3 degrees every 5 minutes. Faster in the first 30 minutes as it quickly shoots above 100 degrees.
Even in relatively cool vehicles temperatures reached upwards of 117 degrees and this may surprise you; even cracking the windows didn't help much. The temperature continued to rise.
Some believe the answer is technology. There are solutions intended to solve this problem. One young, aspiring inventor created a leash to remind parents there is still a child left in the car, but will parents buy in?
A crucial warning with the hottest days of the year still to come.