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Baby Dies after Being Left in Hot Car; Legislation Introduced

According to several media outlets, a baby died in Dayton, Texas, after being left in a hot car all day. That same day, legislation was introduced to the House of Representatives that would help prevent this kind of accident from happening again.

Investigation Ongoing, but No Charges Filed

The baby’s mother discovered her deceased son in the back seat after going to his daycare at the end of the day to pick him up. She had never dropped him off that morning, and he was in the car all day.

According to multiple sources, no charges have been filed against the mother, and the family is cooperating. The police are still fully investigating the incident.

The baby was the 30th recorded child fatality due to being left in a hot car in the United States this year, according to the non-profit Kids and Cars.

Matching Bill Expected in the Senate

On the same day as the tragedy in Dayton, Texas, legislators in the House of Representatives introduced a bill that would take steps to prevent an incident like this from happening in the future, reports multiple sources.

The legislation would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to add alarms in vehicles that would sound if someone was in the back seat. According to media outlets, the idea would be similar to the beeping sound that happens when you leave the lights on or the keys in the ignition.

Important Information on Child Hot Car Related Fatalities

According to Kids and Cars, a non-profit child safety organization,

  • Over 750 children have died from vehicular heat stroke between 1990 and 2015.
  • The average number of child vehicular heat strokes per year since 1998 is 37, or one death every 9 days.
  • In 2010, 49 children died – the highest number of fatalities for a one-year time period.
  • Texas leads the nation in hot car deaths with 111 since 1990.

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