A 3-year-old boy of South Florida has died after he was left inside of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) for more than an hour. According to Miami-Dade police reports, the boy was found inside a Ford Expedition outside the child’s family home. Rescue workers rushed the boy to a nearby hospital, where he was in critical condition but he later died. It is unclear whether or not anyone will be charged in this child’s death. If you would like to read more on this story please see Miami boy dies after being left in a SUV.
This child’s death is a tragedy for his family and community. During these summer months it is imperative parents, guardians, babysitters, day care providers and employees check their vehicles to ensure they do not leave a child inside. The temperature inside a vehicle can increase well above 100 degrees and can differ from the temperature outside by more than 20 degrees. Also, a child’s body does not adjust to changes in temperature as well and as quick as an adult’s body. Therefore, children are much more susceptible to hyperthermia, or heat stroke. In Florida, children are at risk for hyperthermia-related injuries year round due to the extreme hot temperatures throughout the State. Prison time and punishment vary across the State of Florida for these type of incidents.
If you would like to read other articles on hyperthermia incidents please see Death Results From Children Being Left in Cars and Don’t Leave Children in Vehicles to Go Grocery Shopping – It Is Dangerous to Children and Can Get You Arrested.