GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Remember all those YouTube videos from past summers with adults sitting in hot cars to show just how hot it can get in there? Well, for the second time in as many days, a child in the Metroplex has found out first hand just how dangerous that heat can be.
This time, it was at a shopping center in Grand Prairie where a sleeping 2-year-old was left in the backseat while her grandmother was shopping. She, apparently, forgot the child was in the car.
Grand Prairie’s Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murphy was at the scene and helped get the little girl into an ambulance.
“Her core body temperature was 107 degrees,” Murphy told NewsFix. But the news wasn’t all bad. “Late yesterday afternoon, she was interacting with family, with the doctors. Acting appropriately. So in my 32 years, this is the first one that I’ve seen that’s had a good outcome.”
On Tuesday, another little girl in Melissa, Texas wasn’t so lucky. Her father was arrested for manslaughter after forgetting the 6-month-old was in the car, parked outside the family home, for four hours.
So far, there have been three hot car deaths in Texas this year, and we’re technically only three days into summer.
“This time of the year, we see a lot more of it,” said Murphy. “I’ve heard possibly if you’ve got a baby in a carseat in the back seat, leave your cell phone in there. These days and times, we remember our cell phones more than we remember anything.”
Hey, whatever it takes, y’all.
We don’t want to have to keep reporting on stories like this, and we’re pretty sure you don’t want to end up in jail… Much less for your kid to suffer while strapped down in a hot car.