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Here’s how to prevent hot-car deaths

Robert Gundran and Kevin Jenkins, USA TODAY Network

The recent deaths of two Arizona children after being left in hot cars have sparked outrage and accusations of neglect and carelessness.

On Friday, 7-month-old Zane Endress died after being left in a car in northeast Phoenix for about four hours, according to Phoenix police. About 24 hours later, 1-year-old Josiah Riggins died after being left for hours in a hot car.Pediatric experts say any parent or caregiver, “even a very loving and attentive one,” can forget a child is in the back seat when busy, distracted or experiencing a change in routine.

About 37 U.S. children die in hot cars every year. Twenty-nine have already died in 2017. There were 39 such deaths in 2016 and 24 in 2015. The deadliest year within the recorded period was 2010, when there were 49.


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