A three-month-old baby died after he was left in his parents’ car ‘for several hours,’ in Pennsylvania, while temperatures reached above 90F (32C).
Authorities were called to a minivan in Upper Saint Clair at 5pm on Thursday, June 16, where they found an unresponsive baby.
Efforts to save the child’s life failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.
The infant was later identified as Kayden Nguyen by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
On Thursday the highest temperature recorded in Upper Saint Clair was 92F (33C), according to the National Weather Service.
The incident is under investigation, the police statement said: ‘Upper Saint Clair police determined the infant was left inside a parent’s vehicle for several hours and requested homicide detectives.’
A three-month-old boy died last week after he was left in a car for ‘several hours’ on Fort Couch Road in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, (pictured)
The baby was the fifth child to die in a hot car this year in the United States, according to KidsAndCars.org, and on average, 38 children a year die in hot cars.
A one-year-old died on May 19 after being found in a vehicle outside a Memphis, Tennessee, day care centre.
Earlier that month, an eight-month-old girl died after she was left in a car for hours while her father was being arrested at a police station in Georgia.
Those who leave their children in the car also may not understand the danger they’re in, or consider how fast cars can heat up.
Dozens of children die every year in the US after they are left by themselves in hot cars
The interior temperature of a car can quickly soar with 80 per cent of the total temperature rise happening in the first 30 minutes a child is inside a car.
Temperatures inside the car can often exceed those outside by up to 50 degrees.
The Centers for Disease Control say that it is never safe to leave children unattended in a car in any weather, even with the window cracked open.
To remember that a child is in the car, they recommend keeping a stuffed animal in the child’s car seat on days when they’re not, and moving the stuffed animal to the front passenger seat when the child is there as a reminder.
Other suggestions include placing purses or bags in the backseat by the child, or even one shoe so parents are assured to check before leaving the car.