Children Car Deaths

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A child safety group is saying that an invention by NASA could have saved the life of a three-year-old Mississippi boy who died of a heat stroke when his grandfather left him in a sweltering car.

According to Kids and Cars, a national child safety organization, Andrew Dossett of Madison is the eighth child in the United States to die this year from heat stroke after being left unattended in a vehicle .

Police said Dossett's grandfather, 61-year-old Robert Dossett, forgot to drop the toddler off Wednesday on his way to work. He discovered the boy later that afternoon in the back seat of his car at the auto dealership where he worked.

Janette Fennell, the founder and president of Kids and Cars, said incidences like Dossett's case aren't unusual.

Dossett says a newly created device invented by NASA and currently in development could have prevented the death.

The device is called a Child Presence Sensor. It is an object locator that beeps when a child is put in a car seat and if the driver goes 15 feet away from the car seat the remote on the key chain will beep and won't stop until you get the baby out.

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