7-month-old dead after left in hot car outside NW
7-month-old boy was found dead inside a car Friday night
after apparently being left by his father when he went
to work at a northwest Houston business, according to
The baby boy was found by Houston
firefighters around 9 p.m. outside a warehouse business
in the 7900 block of Northcourt Road, authorities said.
The boy apparently died from the heat.
police are investigating the incident, and the case will
likely be referred to a Harris County grand jury.
The baby's father, 36, dropped off two of his three
children at a daycare Friday morning and then arrived at
his workplace on Northcourt Road around 9:30 a.m,
according to police.
The baby usually gets
dropped off separately to a babysitter.
wife called asking the whereabouts of the baby, the
father went out to the vehicle around 7:30 p.m. and
found the child unresponsive in the car seat.
Paramedics pronounced the baby dead, according to
Investigators interviewed the father,
contacted the Harris County District Attorney's Office
and then released him pending further investigation.
Temperatures reached the lower 90s on Friday with
relatively high humidity levels in the morning hours.
Twelve children have already died this year from
heatstroke inside a car, according to Kids and Cars, an
organization that collects data on child fatalities
Last year 39 children died from
heat stroke inside a car, and 810 children have died
from heat stroke inside vehicles across the country
since 1994, according to Kids and Cars.
child's body overheats three to five times faster than
an adult body, and a car's temperature can reach 125
degrees in minutes.
Eighty percent of temperature
increase inside a vehicle can happen within the first 10
More than 55 percent of parents who
left their child inside a car unknowingly left them,
according to Kids and Cars.
advises parents to always look in the backseat of their
vehicle before locking it. They should also put
something in the backseat they'll need such as their
cell phone, employee ID or briefcase.
children, a 2-year-old and a 16-month-old, were also
found dead inside a car last month in Parker County in
North Texas. The mom has been charged with two
first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing
serious bodily injury.