Heat Proves Fatal for Baby Forgotten in Car
Hot weather, babies and automobiles can prove to be a fatal combination when children are left in automobiles with the doors and windows closed as the temperatures rise. An 18-year old teenage father was recently arrested in Greenfield, Indiana for leaving his three-month-old daughter alone in a car during a heat wave.
Although the child was rushed to a local hospital, she was pronounced dead on arrival. Dad Joshua Stryzanski is being held in jail on a charge of contributing to the death of a dependent.
The infant’s death marked the 10th child to die in cars this year alone because parents didn’t heed the warning against leaving children in cars during hot weather.
Temperatures have been soaring in more than 20 states as a heatwave swept across the US.
It was 40.5C (105F) in Louisville, Kentucky, 38.5C (101F) in Philadelphia, and 35C (95F) in New York.
A record of 40C (104F) was set in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Baltimore set a record at 39C (102F).
At least 30 people have died in the heat, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago, mostly among the elderly.