Monday, July 14, 2008

2-year-old left in hot car in NW Houston dies

This happens a lot around her during the summertime. There is no excuse for this type of accident however.

A 2-year-old boy died after he was left in a vehicle for nearly an hour at a northwest Houston apartment complex Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The child's uncle had picked up the boy, along with other young relatives, to swim at his apartment complex's pool in the 8000 block of West Tidwell around 4 p.m., authorities said. The boy's aunt drove separately with an adult and additional children from the boy's home, but made several stops before arriving at the apartment.

After arriving at the residence, the boy's uncle instructed the children to exit the vehicle from the passenger side and to hold hands as they walked to the apartment, police said.

The toddler, who may have fallen asleep, did not get out of the vehicle, authorities said. The aunt and uncle both thought the toddler was with the others before finding him unconscious in the vehicle.

Paramedics took the 2-year-old to Spring Branch Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His identity and cause of death are pending an autopsy by the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office.

Investigators believe the boy may have been in the vehicle for about an hour. Temperatures on Sunday reached 95 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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