Toddler Dies After Eight Hours in Hot Car
PARK CITY, Kan. (AP) - A 22-month-old girl died after being left all day in 100-degree temperatures in a sport utility vehicle her family had agreed to lend to relatives, authorities said.
Alyssa Dillman and her 4-year-old brother were dropped off by their father Monday morning at an uncle's house. He then drove away in another vehicle without notifying the uncle, said Sedgwick County Sheriff's Maj. Jackie Stuart.
Stuart said the boy left the car and went inside his uncle's mobile home. When asked where his sister was, the boy said she was ``sleeping,'' Stuart said. Stuart said the family apparently assumed the girl had stayed at home.
Alyssa was not found until 5:30 p.m., when her mother returned to pick the children up. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The high temperature that day was 109 degrees. After caring for the toddler, authorities measured the temperature inside the vehicle at 142 degrees.
No charges were filed.
Maybe I misinterpreted the news story but WHY didn't the father take the children INTO the uncle's home??!!!!!
Its not as if they are 10 years old and are independent! Apparently he expected the 22 MONTH OLD to just get herself out of the car-SUV, which is a bit high off the ground for her little legs, and scurry into the home. And to NOT EVEN tell the uncle, "Hey,We're here. I'm dropping off the kids."
Every time I read these articles or hear about them on the news....Words cannot describe how upset I get!!!!
Jul 16, '03
It's like I have always said, not everyone should be allowed to have children. Maybe people wanting to have children should have to obtain some type of license that shows that they are competent enough to care for them.
Last edit by KevinN on Jul 16, '03
Jul 16, '03
For some reason, this become a headliner on almost a monthly basis out here. Some people have been charged, others have not. There are some kids at a local high school with the help of a local tech company that are creating a baby alarm. It works like this: if you have a baby in a car seat, there is pressure pad under the baby. There is a keychain alarm on your keys, if you walk 10(?) feet from the car, the alarm on your keychain will sound.
Now tell me, why did it take high school students to come up with this? What is so important that you have to leave a child in the car? (Last summer a tourist left his son in a car while he decided to go into a strip club! Makes me sick.)
Another thing, think about how hot it gets in a car. On the news they do a car temp reading so people know, it was 114 here yesterday and the car temp was 164!
Last edit by iliel on Jul 16, '03