Every year in the Phoenix area, fire officials say, roughly 10 parents come to the stomach-clenching conclusion that they’ve made a fatal mistake and left a small child in a sweltering car.
Last week, with temperatures regularly topping 100 degrees, it happened twice in a 24-hour period.
Both deaths – a 1-year-old found dead in a church parking lot on Saturday and a 7-month-old who died while being cared for by his grandparents the day before – are under investigation. Both are believed to be accidental.
The deaths were the first and second cases of a child dying of heat stroke in a sweltering car this year, Sgt.
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