MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police said they’re still investigating a day after a toddler died after being left in a car all day at daycare.
Police said that the car belongs to a worker at Education is the Key Childcare on Thomas Street in North Memphis.
It’s a reminder that the consequences can be deadly and heartbreaking.
“We see it all over the world that children are left in cars, and 90 percent of children who do die are under the age of three,” Jennifer Taylor with Safe Kids Mid-South said.
Taylor is the manager of the program, which works to spread awareness and prevent child injury and deaths.
Every time the weather warms up, she reminds people of the dangers, but not everyone listens.
“A lot of times we hear situations where routines change. If you’re going on vacation, you’re doing different things. You’re off work. It’s not a consistent thing. You tend to forget,” Taylor said.
Taylor said a child’s body temperature rises three to five times more quickly than an adult’, and a car can quickly become an oven.
“It does not take long at all, so you definitely don’t want to leave your child in a hot car, because the hot air is trapped in that car, and the temperatures are rising even more inside,” she said.
FOX13 reporter Mandy Hrach used a thermometer to test the temperature inside a FOX13 news car.
At first, the thermometer was reading 78 degrees.
Within just 15 minutes of the car being off, the thermometer was reading 90 degrees.
Taylor said a quick scan before you get out of the car can save a life.
“Even if you don’t have a child with you all the time, let’s make it a habit. Whoever is taking care of the child make it a habit to look in the backseat before you lock the car,” she said.
In Tennessee, a person can legally break a window if they see a child or pet in distress locked inside a car.
However, Taylor said if you do see a child trapped in a hot car, you should call 911 first.
“First responders are trained in that situation so that’s what you definitely want to do to get that child taken care of right away,” she said.
LeBonheur officials said the child who died was the first child this year they’ve been treated for heatstroke. Last year, they treated zero children for heatstroke.
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