Baby left in hot car parked at Helotes Walmart dies
A 6-month old baby has died after being left in a hot car at the Walmart in Helotes on Friday.
The father, who is an employee of Walmart, arrived at work just after 6 a.m., Friday. When he returned to his car at 3 p.m. he discovered he had forgotten to take the child to daycare.
When police arrived, they found the man slumped over the dead baby’s body. While being cooperative with police, the man began experiencing chest pains and had an elevated blood pressure. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The mother of the child was notified by detectives at her home.
The District Attorney will decide if criminal charges against the father will be filed.
Authorities estimate that the temperatures inside the car was well over 140 degrees.
Look Before You Lock: Prevention and Safety tips
According to Kidsandcars.org, children have died from heatstroke in cars with temperatures as low as 60 degrees and that 80% of the temperature increase happens within the first 10 minutes of being trapped inside the vehicle.
The advocacy group reports that that the average number of U.S. child vehicular heat stroke deaths is 37 per year, which is approximately 1 every 9 days. It is important to remember that a child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult body.
Even the best of parents can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.
KidsandCars stresses to parents to “Look Before You Lock.” Always check the backseat before leaving your vehicle. They suggest putting something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve the item each time you park.
They also suggest having a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop-off. If you’re child in unaccounted for at drop-off, have the provider agree to contact you immediately to ensure your child is safe.
How The Carlson Law Firm can help
Children are not the only victims of heatstroke in cars. There has been reports of care facilities forgetting patients in company vehicles, as well as nursing homes leaving residents inside vans and buses for extended periods of time, often resulting in death.
If someone you love has been killed due to the neglect of another it is important you contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for the medical bills, pain, suffering and even future medical procedures. At The Carlson Law Firm we can help you prove the other person is at fault through a detailed look at the case. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Data Source: Kidsandcars.org
- Written by Jill Fowler