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Another Baby Dies In Hot Car

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was horrified to find a seven-week-old baby dead after it was locked in a hot car for eight hours after the family went to church. With temperatures reaching a maximum heat of 104 degrees in the shade, the young baby is the 18th child to die after being left in a hot car in the U.S. alone, and the third to die in Florida, this year.

Police officers were disturbed when they were called to a home in Mary Esther after a mother left her 7-week-old baby in the back of their family van for eight hours. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the baby dead in the back of the van, still in its rear-facing child seat.

According to police, family members were not aware that the baby’s mother had left the child in the car while attending a church service at around 12.45 pm. With temperatures reaching a maximum of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, police are now investigating the family’s involvement in the baby’s death

“Florida ranks second in the nation in these preventable tragedies with 82 fatalities from 1992-2016,” KidsandCars.org reports, revealing the shocking regularity that children are unknowingly left to die in stifling hot cars.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has also stressed the dangers of leaving young children in cars, posting a short statement regarding the incident along with two links to websites detailing the hazards associated with leaving children in hot cars.

The ‘KidsandCars’ organization is currently pushing Congress to pass what is being referred to as the ‘Hot Cars Act of 2017’. This bill, put simply, would mean that the US Department of Transportation would be legally required to mandate that all cars be equipped with a device that can tell whether there is a person present in the back seat after the vehicle's ignition is turned off. This kind of technology could prevent the loss of hundreds of innocent lives.

With hot car deaths involving infants being the highest in Texas, a clever 11-year-old boy named Bishop Curry created a smart device that could also potentially prevent the death of hundreds of infants in similar circumstances.

Referred to as ‘the Oasis’, Bishop’s device is also designed to sense if a child is still seated in the back seat of a vehicle. If the child remains in the car, and a certain temperature is exceeded, the device blows out cold air in order to cool the car down, while simultaneously alerting parents, paramedics and police of the situation.

While the Oasis is currently still in its early stages, Bishop has raised nearly $40,000 dollars to begin building his clever device, with his father already applying for a formal patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Bishop was inspired to design and build this device after a toddler in his neighborhood died from being locked in a hot car, revealing that the incident motivated him to “have lots of inventions that would save many lives.”

Source: Daily Mail
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