This past weekend two children in Indiana were left in hot cars. One infant died and a toddler was rescued, but suffered a heat-related seizure and was in critical condition.
The infant was 3-months-old and the toddler is 16-months old.
Over the weekend, temperatures soared past triple digits in many areas of the U.S., and in Indiana, they reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (about 40 degrees Celsius). According to MSNBC, there were two incidences of parents leaving their children alone in cars in the Indianapolis area during this heatwave.
The IndyStar reported Greenfield Police Chief John Jester said the infant was found about 3 p.m. after being left in the hot car for "an extended period of time." She was brought to the Hancock Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Her 18-year-old father, Joshua Stryzanski, was being held at the Hancock County jail and faces a charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
The toddler was also found in the mid-afternoon sitting alone in a car at a shopping center. Police broke into the car and rescued the young girl. After being in the hot car, the young child suffered a heat-related seizure. The interior temperature of the car was reported to be 124 degrees and it's being reported the toddler was in the car for about an hour. Her mother had been shopping in a clothing store while the child sat unattended.
The 16-month-old girl was initially in critical condition after the seizure, but was later upgraded to stable. A separate IndyStar report says she has been released from the hospital and placed in the custody of a grandparent, but reportedly the hospital would not comment.
Fishers Police spokesman Tom Weger said the girl's mother, Meg Trueblood, 30, made a statement to police but, "she didn't appear to be fully coherent. That'll be part of the investigation."
The region's all-time high temperature is 106 degrees.
In recent weeks there have been many documented instances of parents leaving their children alone in hot cars. Sadly, there have been several preventable deaths. A recent Digital Journal report noted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated vehicular heatstroke is the most common non-crash related fatality involving children 14 years and under.