Hot cars can kill. Check your back seat.

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POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 7:20pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 12:16pm

A woman was arrested yesterday after leaving her 8-year-old niece unattended in her car.
With the temperatures rising outside, this can cause serious medical problems.

No matter how long you think you will be, or thinking that it's fine because you left the windows cracked, leaving children in vehicles is a dangerous and arrestable offense.

It can cause serious medical problems like heat stroke or heat exhaustion that could even lead to seizures, however the most common is...

Amanda Herrera, Firefighter Paramedic, "It's usually dehydration that actually happens to them. Just imagine your body temperature going up more than it needs to, and when it's a child or an elderly person, or even pets that are left in the car with the window open, they can actually die from heat stroke or heat exhaustion."

Police say that although they still get several calls reporting a child or pet locked in a vehicle, they are proud to report that it decreased over the years.

Some of the charges that can come from leaving children in the car are child endangerment, negligence, or even homicide. First responders have to be quick to act.

Herrera, "The kids usually not very responsive because of the heat or they are already banging at the window trying to get out. I mean, it's just an instinct, a human instinct of ours to try to get out of a situation like that even if they are that small."

But just how hot can it get?

Sgt. Manny Casas, Mission Police Department, "In degrees, it goes up every 10 minutes you're going to go up 10 to 15 degrees. In one hour, one hour, you can go up to 45 degrees, in one hour. Now, can that kill a person? Yes, that can kill a person."

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