Experts warn of hot car dangers

The scene where a baby was found dead inside a car Monday.
The scene where a baby was found dead inside a car Monday.
Mollie Shouse (Source: LMDC)
Mollie Shouse (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An 8-month-old who died after being left in a hot car has been identified as Lincoln Lindsay.

The coroner says Lindsay was in the car for several hours at his father's workplace on Ormsby Station Road, which is five miles from their home where he was pronounced dead.

Around 6 Monday evening, police swarmed the home in the 6400 block of Glenwood Road, after authorities said the baby had been left in a car for several hours.

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The temperatures soared near 90 degrees.

"Half of the children who are left in cars are done so because parents have forgotten, they change their routine," said Kosair Child Advocate Sharon Rengers.

Rengers sends out her warning year after year, but fears many don't understand that it doesn't take much for your car to turn into an oven.

"It takes about 10 minutes to be 20 degrees hotter than increases like that," said Rengers. "So, if a child temperature gets to be 104 is when they start having some real signs of struggle. At 107 degrees generally it's a fatality."

Monday's incident comes a year after several similar stories.

On May 21, two-year-old Kenton Brown died after being left in his mother, Mollie Shouse, in a car outside their apartment for several hours.

Then just 10 days later, police found a one-year-old boy in the back seat of a hot car while his parents visited a local strip club.

Then on June 4 of last year, a boyfriend and a mother were arrested after police said she left her 9 and 12-year-old in a hot car outside a Kroger in the Portland neighborhood. Charges were later dropped in that case.

"Last year we had several near misses where bystanders intervened and were able to get kids out before they succumb to their injuries," said Rengers. "So, it's important for people to pay close attention."

The coroner ruled Lincoln's death an accident. They said he died from complications of environmental exposure.

Children's bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults.

Things to do to remind your self your child is in the car, place your purse, your cell phone or anything that you would need to grab in the back seat.

Cracking the window does not do anything to help relieve the heat.

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