A report that has come in from Dallas, Texas states that “the deaths of four children in hot cars in recent days has brought the number across the U.S. this year to at least 23, nearly matching the total for all of last year and prompting experts to plead for vigilance and warn parents that it can happen to anyone.”
Samaria Motyka, a four-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, was left in a hot car while her caretaker drove to work, instead of dropping Samaria off at daycare. Another child from Dallas, two-year-old Boi Lei Sang, died after his family left him in a hot car to attend church services.
Janette Fennell who is the founder and president of KidsAndCars.org, a national child safety nonprofit based in Philadelphia, stated that “the number began dramatically rising in the 1990s with the passing of laws requiring that young children be placed in the back seat to avoid air-bag injuries.”
It is heartbreaking to know that parents can sometimes just forget that their children are in the backseat of their vehicle. As such, experts say should get into the habit of checking the back of their vehicle even when a child is not in the car to avoid these types of things happening to their children.