Heat Dangers for Children

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Heat related deaths are more common this time of year.

Local police are working to make sure parents understand the potential consequences of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

A car sitting in the sun is like a sauna. Temperatures can climb almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, creating a dangerous situation for children left inside.

Social Worker Michelle Garrett said, "There's concern with parents leaving children in a car because it puts children in a potentially life threatening possibility and small kids don't know to unlock the door.”

Dothan Police are on the look out for children left unattended in vehicles in hopes of preventing any deaths in the area.

Sgt. Anthony Westberry with the Dothan Police Department said, "Today, it's 91 degrees so in 10 minutes in a car it would be 110 degrees and a child can die at just 104 degrees."

Police say leaving a child unattended in a vehicle is irresponsible and the charges against you can be serious.

Sergeant Westberry added, "The fact that you leave a child in a car you can be charged with child abuse or endangerment. If the child dies, you are looking at murder or manslaughter."

Penalties for leaving a child in a car range from steep fines to time behind bars.

If you see a child left unattended in a vehicle you should immediately call 911 to report the incident.

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