Child Dead After Being Left in Daycare Bus

A 5-year-old boy was found dead Monday afternoon after being left in a daycare bus for more than eight hours.

West Memphis Police Investigate Child’s Death

According to NBC 4, the body of 5-year-old Christpher Gardner, Jr. was discovered in a Ascent Children’s Health Services bus at around 3:30 pm Monday.

Police say Gardner was picked up from his home just before 7 am. Gardner was in a booster seat when he was found, but police are unsure why he did not or could not get out of the vehicle.

The heat index in West Memphis had reached nearly 100 degrees by the time Gardner’s body was extracted from the vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation.

Car Heat Stroke Facts

The following information was provided by

  • Even with windows cracked, the temperature inside a vehicle can exceed 100 degrees within minutes. In fact, 80% of temperature increases happen within the first ten minutes of the car being shut off.
  • Fatal instances of heatstroke have been recorded in vehicles in which the outside temperature was as low as 60 degrees.
  • Children’s bodies overheat three to five times faster than adult bodies.
  • An average of 37 children die from vehicular heat stroke every year. That is one death every nine days.

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