Advisory To Keep Children out of Hot Cars

posted by Rick Flagg - 

The Florida Highway Patrol is reminding parents not to leave kids in the car during the heat of summer. 

Major Chris Blackmon says it's a tragedy just waiting to happen.

"Since 1998, 84 child heat stroke deaths have occurred in the state of Florida," he said, "More than any other state except the state of Texas." 

And tragedy was narrowly avoided this week in Volusia County, when authorities say a woman left a baby in the back seat of a car.

Investigators say passersby noticed the boy, and called 911. 

They say the car door was not locked, so they were able to get the boy out of the car safely.

Deputies say the woman showed up roughly 20 minutes after the 911 call and said she had forgotten about the 8-month-old boy, after dropping off several other children.

Investigators say the woman faces a charge of child neglect.

Florida law says you can't leave a kid in the car for more than 15 minutes... but some child welfare officials say it only takes about ten minutes for a child to suffer heat stroke during the summer.

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