Hot Car Death


POSTED: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 9:07am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 12:10pm

Canadian toddler dies after being left in hot SUV during trip to Texas.

A 2-year-old Canadian boy is dead after being left in a hot SUV for two hours during a family visit to Texas.

Sheriff's deputies said several people arrived at a Houston home around noon Thursday after taking a trip to the grocery store.

"In the chaos of unloading the groceries, somehow the toddler was overlooked and left in the vehicle." Sgt. Ben Beal said. "Two hours later, the father realized the child was missing. He went outside and found the toddler outside of his car seat, unresponsive."

Detectives said the boy's body temperature was 105 degrees when he was found.

"The external temperature was 99 degrees; the top of the car was 110 (degrees) and the interior of the car was 122 degrees," said Beal.

After 30 minutes of CPR, the child was taken to Northwest Medical Hospital, where he died.

"Once the core of your body hits 104 degrees, especially if it's a small child, the organs start shutting down, unless they are found almost immediately," Beal said.

The family also has a 7-year-old child, who detectives said is autistic.

The family plans to return to Canada in the next couple of days.

Detectives said no charges have been filed, but the case will be turned over to the district attorney's office.

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