In an instance of unimaginable heartbreak, this week Louisiana authorities have launched an investigation into the death of an 11-month-old baby. The baby was left in his father's vehicle for several hours in hot weather.
A police sergeant who locked two helpless dogs inside his vehicle, on the hottest day in London since July 2006, has slashed his wrists and jumped from a colleagues car while travelling at 30mph - in an futile attempt to commit suicide.
It is a common scenario plaguing the summer events. Children forgotten or left in cars by caregivers. With an average of around 35 deaths every year, a recent news report from one hot spot sets the tone for tragedy.