A Georgia father is charged with felony murder after he was accused of leaving his 22-month-son strapped into his car seat on a hot day, leading to his death. He says it was a tragic accident, and he has entered a plea of not guilty.
This sad story is bringing attention to the dangers of leaving children in cars.
The nonprofit safety group "Kids and Cars" say more than 600 children have died this way since 1990.
This happens when the driver forgets the child is in the car - or when kids get into unlocked cars without the adult knowing.
Even if left for short periods of time this is extremely dangerous. Experts say your car is basically a greenhouse, trapping the sunlight and heat.
For example - the "national highway traffic safety administration" says cars parked in direct sunlight on an 80-degree day can reach temperatures up to 131 degrees. In addition, even cooler temperatures outside, like 60 degrees, can cause a car to heat up to 110 degrees.
The temperature inside can increase rapidly - 30 to 40 degrees in an hour. Even scarier, 70 percent of the temperature increase happens in the first 30 minutes.
Web md says kids are more susceptible to the heat because of their tiny bodies- and heat stroke occurs once the body temperature passes 104 degrees. That is why there really is a big danger in leaving a kid for only a few minutes.
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