Corpus Christi child dies after being left unattended in hot car Friday

By Katherine Rosenberg

Originally published 03:42 p.m., May 24, 2013 Updated 09:03 p.m., May 24, 2013

CORPUS CHRISTI — Authorities are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy found unconscious in a vehicle in the 5700 block of Bonner Drive at 2 p.m. Friday.

It is believed to be only the second heat-related death in a vehicle in the country this year, according to a San Francisco State University study.

Senior Officer Kirk Stowers said detectives were sent to the home for a report of the child found unconscious in a Chevrolet Silverado.

The child was taken to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

Detectives left the location about 4 p.m. and the Silverado was impounded.

Stowers did not know who found the child in the vehicle, how long the child was in the pickup before he was discovered, or whether anyone was being investigated for a crime. The high temperature for the day was 86 degrees.

There were five such “hot car” deaths in the state in 2012, one in Corpus Christi. On Aug. 22, 15-month-old Benito Rodriguez, was left in a vehicle, strapped into a car seat. Temperatures reached 96 degrees that day, the National Weather Service reported.

While inside a vehicle, temperatures quickly can eclipse those outside. More than 30 children die each year in the United States after being left inside vehicles, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Committee.

The committee also said that even temperatures in the 60s can cause the temperature to rise above 100 degrees inside a car. Those figures also can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.
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