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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police and city leaders spoke at a news conference Thursday to remind people of the dangers and consequences of leaving children alone in cars.

Police Chief Ken Miller says officers have responded to 58 calls about children left unattended since January. He says the majority of those calls involved children left in vehicles.

State law says it is illegal to leave a child under 8 years old alone -- at home or in the car. However, leaving children locked in a hot car is dangerous no matter how old the child is.

If you see a child alone in the car, police recommend you call 911 and stay with the child until officers arrive. If the child is unresponsive, you can break a window to try and save their life. However, it is safest to break the window located furthest away from the child.

Chief Miller says anyone who leaves a child unattended in the car can face charges ranging from misdemeanor child neglect to manslaughter if the child is hurt or dies.

Greensboro City Councilman Zach Methany, Domestic Violence Advocate Portia Shipman, and Family Law Specialist Carolyn Woodruff spoke at the press conference at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.

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