Yet another child dies in a hot car; foster father arrested

(KWCH via CNN)

(KWCH via CNN)

WICHITA, Kan. — The death of a 10-month-old girl left in a hot car in Wichita, Kan. — the latest in a string of hot-car child deaths in the United States — triggered the quick arrest of the girl’s foster father and on Friday prompted state officials to launch home inspections of adoptive and foster families.

The foster father told police he picked up theĀ child from a babysitter about 4 p.m. Thursday, drove home and forgot the child was in the back seat, according to Lt. Todd Ojile of the Wichita Police Department.

Investigators say the girl was locked in the car with the windows up for some two-and-a-half hours. Temperatures in the Wichita area reached the low 90s on Thursday.

The foster father was in the process of adopting the girl with his partner, according to police. “Both were extremely upset,” Ojile said.

Ojile says the couple’s other children have been removed from the home as the investigation continues. The couple are the adoptive parents of two children and are foster parents to four others with ages ranging from 3 to 18 years old, he said.

On Friday, Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore ordered immediate home inspections for all adoptive and foster families associated with the agency that approved the couple for foster care.

The 29-year-old foster father, whose name was not released by police, was booked on an aggravated endangerment charge but has not been formally charged. Ojile said the district attorney could file charges as early as next week.

So far in 2014, according to statistics compiled by the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, there have been at least 18 heatstroke deaths of children left in vehicles. In one highly publicized case, a Georgia father remains in jail awaiting trial on murder and child cruelty charges in the death of his toddler son, who was left in the father’s SUV for seven hours.

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11 comments

  • FaithC

    Ok, you have a lot on your mind when you get home and you forget the kid is in the car, but when you get in the house there must be 50 things to remind you. How about, baby toys, diapers, baby seat and about 20 other things. None of this jogs your memory? Where did he think the baby was?

    • Lauren

      Why didn’t the other kids ask where the baby was or even when the dad saw them how did that not trigger he didn’t get the baby out. I’m tired of seeing people be so careless about their babies.

  • jamie

    All of these parents should be on trial not just one. No matter what’s going on in my life, I don’t forget about where my kids are.

  • Nancy

    So Sick of so Many of these stories ..start prosecuting the parents and maybe that will let people know that it is NOT ACCEPTABLE..

  • W R C

    I am not buying this how do you forget about your kids and how many times do they have to say not to leave your kids or pets in a hot car maybe these parents should spend some time locked in a hot car

  • Tina Callico

    YOU “SO CALLED PARENTS” JUST DON’T FORGET THAT YOU HAVE A CHILD IN A CAR WITH YOU-THIS SO CALLED FATHER WAS JUST TOO LAZY TO GET HER OUT IS ALL… I BELIEVE ANY DUMBASS WHO LEAVES A CHILD IN A CAR PREMEDITATES AND PLANS IT OUT TO KILL THEIR OWN CHILDREN WHETHER THEY ARE BIOLOGICAL OR NOT…
    REALLY!!! ANY ADULT NEGLECTING A CHILD BY LEAVING THEM IN A HOT CAR AND THEN CLAIM “I FORGOT” THE CHILD WAS IN THE CAR TO LESSEN PUNISHMENT ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE YOUR OWN KIDS WITH, ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT HEADS WILL NEVER EVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS

  • Yuly

    There is NO excuse for this!!!! No one can “forget” their child is in the car!! What kind of parent is this that did not look for his baby for 2 and a half hours. I feel horrible for the poor infants and children that have parents that do such a cruel thing to them.

  • Lisa Leggett

    I hate when people kill their kids and dfacs don’t do anything about it but when someone is trying to take care of their kids dfacs takes the kids from the parents

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