26 kids left in hot cars in one month

It seems to be the summer of kids tragically being left in hot cars, but it may surprise you how fast and how hot it can get.

It's happened again, this time El Paso, Texas. A two year-old left in the car parked at the family's home, and reports indicate the child left to suffocate overnight. An autopsy now being conducted on the little girl before possible criminal charges are filed.

And it keeps happening, over and over.

A quick internet search says it all. At least 20 incidents involving 26 children. Two died, raising the number of children killed from heatstroke this year to sixteen.

All of these cases in the few short weeks since most of the nation was laser-focused on the sickening case of 22-month old Cooper Harris in Georgia. The child, left by his father Justin Ross Harris who spent the day working at home depot, having lunch with friends and sexting women, all while his son spent seven hours strapped into his car seat. Scratches to his face, abrasions on the back of his head; the child apparently struggling to survive the heat.

"You still have a child that's strapped into a car that's exposed to extreme heat that I can assure you that no adult would be able to endure it. I certainly couldn't endure it," said Joseph Scott Morgan, a forensic scholar and former investigator.

Cars can heat up very quickly even in cooler temperatures. In 91 degree heat, the internal car temperature can reach 108 degrees within 15 minutes.

Then there's this case out of Washington D.C.

Teresa Channelder, 29, is charged with abandoning her severely disabled mother in a car on a day when temperatures rose to 95 degrees.

Police found and rescued her after she was trapped in the vehicle for 16 hours. Police say she suffered from severe dehydration, and was sitting in her own urine and feces.

As unimaginable as leaving a child or anyone in a car seems, experts say there will be more cases as the temperatures across the country continue to rise.


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