3-yr-old dies after becoming trapped in hot car

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SYLMAR, Calif. — A 3-year-old boy who climbed into a hot car in Sylmar and could not escape was transported to the hospital in grave condition and later died, authorities said Wednesday.

The child was found in cardiac arrest inside a locked car when firefighters arrived at the 14400 block of Foothill Boulevard (map), according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The child was transported to a hospital in grave condition, Main said.

He was not breathing when first responders arrived after being called to the scene about 3:30 p.m., according to Officer Bruce Borihanh with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

The boy had been playing outside when he climbed into a car and could not get out, according to LAPD Sgt. S. Carlsen. The child has died, Carlsen said.

The situation appeared to be a “tragic accident,” he said.

The forecasted high temperature for Sylmar was 96 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple officers were at the scene, which appeared to be at a residential home on a large lot, aerial video showed.

Two black vehicles were in front of the home and were cordoned off with yellow police tape: a Toyota sedan and Toyota pickup truck. Police appeared to be focused on the sedan.

A stroller stood by the walkway to the home.

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7 comments

  • Because I Can

    Why is a *3* ( again 3 ) year old outside playing alone with no supervision, and nobody even checking on him for a long enough period of time that he was able to climb in a vehicle get stuck and go in to cardiac arrest ?? That to me is neglect, and yes while I do agree that this accident is very tragic, I do not agree with the statement it appears to be a quote “tragic accident”. This was no ACCIDENT, just careless actions by whoever was supposed to be taking care of this child, and could have been prevented! May your soul rest with God sweet child!

  • Linda Shepherd

    You are 100% right. In the hour or two (or longer) that it took for him to become hyperthermic, anything could have happened to him. Why do parents leave their very young children unsupervised for such long periods of time? And as an after thought I am not sure that I believe a three year old can open, climb into, and close a car door behind them. Perhaps they can but I have doubts about that, but leaving someone that young outside and alone for longer than it takes to get a refill on your sweet tea or to tinkle is just neglectful.

  • ??

    My son is 3 and I know he can open the door of my husband and I’s vehicles. However, I also know when he is outside. If I’m inside I make sure the chain lock is on. What sounds fishy to me is no one got him out before help arrived. I’m not going to bash anyone right now, I’m just saying the whole thing seems a little fishy to me. I think something is being left out

  • FaithC

    No 3 year old should be allowed to play outside alone. This is no accident, it is complete neglect. I guess it is easier to just let the kids go out and the parents sit on their a*sses inside with their nose in their phones and can’t be bothered about where the kid is.

  • Diane Purcell

    When my son was 3 years old, he managed to sneak out our back door while I was in the bathroom, hid in a neighbors HOT car (it was 80degrees) and let me tell you, I was scared to death! Ran outside and hollered for the neighbors and we all searched (knowing he couldn’t have gone far in such a short time. Luckily the FIRST thing we did was check cars and trunks of cars. This could easily happen – at some point, we all take showers or get distracted and toddlers are notorious for getting outside like little Houdinis, even with a locked door. Thankfully all was well with mine…but you cannot call it neglect when a parent does everything they can do and a child manages to be, well, a child. It happens. There is always a first time for everything, and unfortunately, sometimes it is the last.

    • ??

      So glad he was OK. That’s why I said I’m not going to bash bc not all the details are there. For him to still be in there when help arrived, it could be the doors got stuck. People are too fast to bash

  • seriously?

    so a caretaker (or parent) isn’t the least bit concerned about where their 3 year old is? unless the caretaker became incapacitated, then yeah, I would call that neglect

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