Two-year-old rescued from SUV

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Health & Safety: Babies, Baby Essentials

A two-year-old girl was found alone, crying, and sweating profusely in a locked SUV in a parking lot where the outside temperature -- in the shade -- was 83 degrees, according to the police. One window was left open two inches for ventilation, but that, of course, is nowhere near enough. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the outside temperature is 83 degurees, the temperature inside a car can reach 109 degrees in 15 minutes, even with the window rolled down two inches.

A passerby heard the girl and called police. Firefighters came, smashed the car's window, and took the girl to the hospital. The girl's nanny was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment half an hour later when she returned to the vehicle. Luckily, the girl was unhurt and was picked up by her mother from the hospital.

The NHTSA found that about twenty-five children die each year, trapped in overheating cars. Children should never be left alone in a car, even on a mild day. Period.

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