Though most of us associate hot car deaths with summer months, the death of toddler Samuel Schnall is a reminder that the threat is real no matter what month it is.
Miami-Dade Police announced the death Tuesday, a day after Samuel was left alone for “over an hour” in the automobile of a family member. That family member and his or her relationship to the child have not been disclosed. Local media are reporting that Samuel did not live at that address.
Local weather reports say that the temperature outside the car reached the low eighties.
Investigators aren’t providing a lot of information at this time but from the official press releases we know that an officer from Village of Pinecrest Police Department responded to a 911 call at about 3:15 p.m. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department then rushed Samuel to Baptist Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. He died there Tuesday.
The investigation, Police say, will continue.
This is the first hot car death involving a child so far this year. At least 39 children were killed in similar accidents last year, with “hundreds” more being sickened by excessive heat after being left in an automobile.
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