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  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2017: 9
  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2016: 39
  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 709
  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 37

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US Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths

CIRCUMSTANCES

An examination of media reports about the 700 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 19-year period (1998 through October 2016) shows the following circumstances:

  • 54% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (376 Children)
  • 28% - child playing in unattended vehicle (198)
  • 17% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (120)
  • 1% - circumstances unknown (6)

Demographics of Persons Responsible for Heatstroke Deaths of Children Forgotten in Vehicles

AGES

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-October 2016) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years. More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age. Below are the percentage of total (695) deaths (and the number of deaths).

  • < 1-year old = 32% (225)
  • 1-year old = 22% (154)
  • 2-years old = 20% (136)
  • 3-years old = 13% (92)
  • 4-years old = 6% (42)
  • 5-years old = 3% (23)
  • 6-years old = 1% (9)
  • 7-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 8-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 9-years old = < 1% (2)
  • 10-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 11-years old = < 1% (2)
  • 12-years old = < 1% (1)
  • 13-years old = < 1% (1)
  • 14-years old = < 1% (3)
  • Unknown = < 1% (1)

 
2016 Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths

#DateCityTempNameAge
95/26/2017 Weatherford, TX96°Juliet Ramirez 1 yr
85/26/2017 Weatherford, TX96°Cavanaugh Ramirez 2 yr
75/20/2017 Caldwell, ID 75°Kyrae Vineyard5 mo
64/14/2017Burleson, TX82°Kingston Jackson23 mo
54/7/2017Vestavia, AL68°Christian Evan Sanders1 yr
44/05/2017Pt. Pleasant, WV84°Abel Stephens19 mo
33/28/2017Ville Platte, LA92°Addyson Bertrand3 yr
22/28/2017Brandon, FL90°Jacob Manchego2 yr
12/06/2017Pinecrest, FL82°Samuel Schnall1 yr

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