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Daycare Driver Charged After Locking Toddler in Hot Van

An Omaha woman has been charged with child neglect after leaving a 3-year-old locked in a hot van Monday morning.

Temperature Inside Van Reached 115 Degrees

According to the Nebraska Radio Network, Tina Youngblood, 53, started picking up children around 7:50 am and dropped the children off at an area daycare around 10:00 am before returning home with the van around 10:30.

At around 11:30, a woman walking her dogs her a sound coming from the van which she initially thought was a cat; however, she soon realized it was a child crying. She immediately called the police.

Upon extracting the 3-year-old Demyiah Hayes from the van, responders noted the temperature inside the van was roughly 115 degrees. Demyiah was transported to a hospital to recover.

Car Heat Stroke Facts

The following information was provided by kidsandcars.org:

  • 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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