And 11 month old baby presumably died of a heatstroke after having remained “a prolonged period of time” inside a parked car in a hospice in the city of Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, the sheriff’s office of the aforementioned city reported on Wednesday.
Tallahassee Police continue to investigate the death of the boy who was left Tuesday by his mother inside a car parked in the Big Bend Hospice parking lot.
The mother, who worked at the aforementioned hospice, “inadvertently left her 11-month-old son inside the vehicle” for her entire shift before the baby was found dead Tuesday afternoon, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.
“At the end of her shift, the mother discovered that her son was still in the vehicle,” but he was not breathing. “Unfortunately, the child was pronounced dead at the scene,” police said, according to the Tallahassee Democrat online site.
Although the baby’s autopsy and toxicology report have not yet been performed to determine the cause of his death, it is likely that he died of heat stroke.
Leaving a child inside a vehicle is a very high-risk situation that in the United States alone has left 917 minors dead from 1998 to July 12, 2022. a heat stroke (hyperthermia), according to data from the organization No Heat Stroke.
So far this year there have been 10 deaths of children for this reason in the US.
TEXAS, THE STATE WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF INFANT DEATHS
Texas is the state with the highest number of child vehicle deaths from heat stroke as of 2021, with 134 cases, followed by Florida (99) and California (55), according to No Heat Stroke statistics.
More than half of infant deaths (54%) correspond to children under 2 years of age.
Not only children, but also dogs that die from hyperthermia inside cars are news in florida, with numerous cases in the summer months ending with the arrest of pet owners.
In 2021 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Child Safety Alarm Act” (SB 252), sponsored by Democratic Senator Linda Stewart and Representative Ben Diamond.
Among other things, the law requires kindergartens to install a security alarm in vehicles used to transport children, a device that alerts the driver to check if there are any children left on board, after the journey has ended.