Hot Car Deaths 2019

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  1. Knitty

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    I hope it's okay to put this here:

    4/4/2019 Richard Wighard, 14 months, Melbourne FL
    ‘Hot car death:’ Palm Bay mom booked after baby dies during search for cocaine, pot
    "Detectives said Hartman had left her child in the car alone as she drank with a friend at a bar the night before.

    Police said that after leaving the bar, Hartman spent the overnight hours meeting with several people. She turned up later at a North Melbourne home where she left the child in the car alone for up to six hours as she went inside and smoked marijuana."

    4/10/19 Joy Monell-Merritt, 2, Perdido Key FL
    Escambia County mother charged in death of toddler
    "The Escambia County Sheriff's Office (ECSO) says the child, Joy Monell, was found dead in a white minivan around 4 p.m. ... An arrest report says the child had been with family members the day before and was picked up by Monell around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    4/22/2019 Girl, 18 months, Glendale AZ [They didn't even give the name, and I can't find any updates later than this article]
    Autopsy planned for toddler who died after being found in car in Glendale
    "The girl's parents are still cooperating with detectives, and it has been determined that the father was the last person to drive the family vehicle, Ngalula explained.

    Police have not formally submitted any charges, and the parents will not be identified at this time, Ngalula stated.

    The girl's body was found inside the car by her father Monday evening; he then called the police and gave her CPR until the paramedics arrived, Ngalula said in a press conference Monday."

    5/2/2019 Kaiden Logan, 9 months, Boomer NC
    Baby dies after NC mom ‘knowingly’ left him in car while at work, sheriff says
    "Deputies were called to the hospital and soon learned Rodgers “knowingly left the child in an unattended parked car while she was at work,” the report states. The baby was in the vehicle for several hours, according to deputies.

    Rodgers was arrested and charged with one count each of murder and felony child abuse."

    5/22/2019 Zion Akinrefon, 4, Columbia SC
    'A horrible, tragic accident': 4-year-old dies in hot car in Richland County
    "The child, identified as 4-year-old Zion Akinrefon, wandered back into his family's car after he and his family got out.

    The 4-year-old, who is from Maryland, was reportedly in town for a family visit.

    He was found unresponsive in the backseat by his mother, who noticed the child was missing and began a search. According to a report, Akinrefon was last seen watching TV and made it to the car through the house's side door."

    6/2/2019 Joseline Eichelberger, 11 months, Calverton Park, MO
    Parents of 11-month-old who died inside hot car in Calverton Park charged with manslaughter
    "Matthew Eichelberger, 27, and Candace Rucker, 24, were charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of their 11-month old daughter, Joseline Eichelberger.

    Her body was found about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the family's home in the 100 block of Anistasia Drive. The infant was left in the car for at least 12 hours and died from the excessive heat, court documents allege."

    6/8/2019 Girl, 3 months, Butler County KS [Haven't been able to find a name]
    3-month-old baby dies after mom left her in car for over 3 hours, Kansas sheriff says
    "Investigators determined that the 44-year-old mother had taken her daughter with her to a baby shower, and she came home at around 12:30 p.m., Herzet said. The mom was tired and went in the house, gave other children chores to do and took a nap.

    The woman woke up about three and a half hours later and remembered she forgot the baby in the car, Herzet said. The girl was lethargic and was not breathing, so she called 911. Butler County paramedics, two deputies and Rose Hill firefighters responded."

    6/20/2019 Kaysen Neyland, 4, Providence Village TX
    4-year-old dies after being found in hot car
    "He was found outside a home just before 5 p.m. when temperatures were in the mid-90's. According to CBS DFW, it is still unknown how long Neyland was in the car before being found. "

    6/22/2019 Boy, 18 months, Galveston TX [Another unnamed child]
    1-year-old boy dies after being left inside hot truck in Galveston
    "That's where a parent arrived around 11 a.m., but with a 1-year-old boy still inside the truck.

    The parent returned to Chevrolet Tahoe around 4 p.m." [Parent was at work, baby was in car outside work]

    13 children dead already this year. I'm just sick.
     
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    Realized that I broke my document, and lost some of the listings I had, so here are the ones I lost:

    5/4/2019 Riley Taylor, 4, St. Paul MN
    Family of child left in hot car calls boy's death 'a tragic mistake'
    "While working an event inside the stadium, St. Paul police allege Taylor checked on his son at 11:30 a.m but not again until 5:15 p.m. and by then Riley was unresponsive. ...Relatives and friends say their presence in court Friday was a show of support for Taylor.

    They applauded the judge's decision to lower Taylor's bond from $25,000 down to $10,000. It allowed Taylor be released from jail late Friday afternoon so he can be with Riley's mom and together grieve the death of their son."

    5/6/2019 Girl, 21 months, Lakewood Township NJ [Another child unnamed]
    21-month-old left in hot car and died — Lakewood mom charged
    "A law enforcement source told NBC New York that the child's mother took her to daycare, but the toddler didn't want to go in — so she took the child home. But the source told NBC New York there was then a miscommunication about when the child's mother or father would take her inside."

    5/11/2019 Malia Mae Martin, 18 months, Lake Havasu AZ
    Lake Havasu City man arrested after infant dies in hot car
    "Police say Martin left his infant unattended in a car for 45 minutes to an hour while he went to visit a friend, according to a news release. ... police searched the home of 23-year-old Noah Grabowski, the friend Martin was visiting. Inside, police say investigators found marijuana plants and other related items. Grabowski faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana."

    5/22/2019 Brooklyn Isaac, 4 months, Jacksonville FL
    FLORIDA HOT CAR BABY DEATH: Mother of infant found dead in van outside of Jacksonville day care speaks out on social media
    "The child died after police say she was left in a van at the Ewing's Love & Hope Preschool & Academy for about five hours under the Florida sun on Wednesday.
    DCF tells us the day care was not licensed to transport children."

    The child who died 6/22/2019 in Galveston has now been named: Ryan Pena.
     
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    Meanwhile, there have been two additional deaths, bringing the total to 15, 16 if the Indiana case is truly a hot car death and not something even more nefarious.

    6/21/2019, Mia Villegas, 11 months, Bardwell TX
    11-month-old dies after being left in hot car in Ellis County, authorities say | Ellis County | Dallas News
    "Authorities didn't say how long the girl was left inside the vehicle."

    6/27/2019 Boy, 3, Morristown TN
    3-year-old Tennessee child reported missing found dead in van hours later
    "The report said the child had last been seen around 4 p.m. and was suspected to have wandered outside the home."
     
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    How tragic we have an entire thread here on hot car deaths. I just do not get it. Why is this so prevalent?
     
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    I am ALWAYS suspicious when I read of these deaths. Only the one where the 4 year old went outside on his own and climbed into the family car sounds like a true accident.

    The rest of them are very, very PREVENTABLE "accidents" if not outright negligence. The father who had deliberately left his child in the car outside his place of work because he did not have any childcare in place, came out and checked on the child at 11:30am and then not again until hours and hours later? That's no accident, that's negligence.

    The mother who took a 21 month old to daycare, child "refused" to go in so mother returned child to family home and apparently place the child into another car to be picked up by someone else. Someone else who didn't get there until the child was already dead. That's no accident, that's negligence!

    I wonder if it would be of help for our laws to be changed to making it a crime for ANY child to EVER be left alone in a vehicle? Because the numbers seem to be rising, despite the ongoing educational campaigns of the past few years.

    eta: Further research shows that 19 states already have such a law.
     
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