Toddler dies in hot car accident
by James Muņoz / KENS 5

kens5.com

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Updated today at 4:35 PM

Asante Arellano was set to turn 3 in August. His short life met a tragic ending sometime Friday.

Around 7:15 p.m. his mother found him unresponsive in the back seat of the family car.

The Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office said the child made his way inside the vehicle and was trapped unable to get out. Around 3 p.m. family members thought he was inside the home, but noticed he missing around 7 p.m.

The website www.kidsandcars.org documents hot car accidents. One report shows an average hot car annual death rate of 37 kids. Last year, 33 children died in hot car accidents. Most often a child is left behind and forgotten in the vehicle or as in the Arellano case, a child wants to play in the car and is unable to get out alive.