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Every week, it seems that we hear about at least one baby senselessly dying in a sweltering vehicle. A 15-month-old girl died Sunday after being forgotten in a van by her parents. Tuesday, a 4-year-old died after playing in a car. Then Thursday, a university professor forgot to drop her 11-month-old off at daycare, and the baby died after being in the family minivan for eight hours. When will it stop?
Jan and Chris Starr (an assistant pastor) were returning to their home from church with their four children Sunday when they accidentally left their 15-month-old daughter asleep in the van for three hours.
"One of the older children then said to the mother, 'Cassandra's not in bed,'" Barry Bloss, York County coroner, told WGAL. "She immediately realized her own infant can't go anywhere. She ran to the vehicle and, unfortunately, the child was deceased."
Tuesday, a 4-year-old boy locked himself in the family car for up to four hours and died. The boy informed his mother he was going to visit his father who was working in the workshop on the property that was approximately 100 yards away from the home. Police say that at some point after visiting with his father, the boy told his father he was going back to the house to see his mother. Both parents thought the other one was with him, but the boy had locked himself in the family car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thursday, university professor Dr. Jodie Edwards, who has a doctorate in counseling, accidentally left her 11-month-old daughter in her car seat in the rear of her Honda Odyssey when she reported to work at about 8:30 a.m. Baby Jenna was discovered by her mother when she left work at about 4:30 p.m. When police responded to Edwards' 911 call, they found the little girl dead in the car seat.
Hear the heart-breaking 911 call here.
Last month, momlogic reported that 16 kids died in hot cars in the U.S. in June and July alone. Then just last week we told you about two more kids in Houston who tragically died the same way:
- August 14 - 3-year-old Cameron Boone--who died when he was left inside a pickup truck--tried to save himself from the sweltering heat. Investigators said Boone got out of his car seat, found an extra key and tried to put it in the ignition, to no avail. Cameron's mother was supposed to drop off her son at day care around 6 a.m. before heading to work at the hospital where she was an operating room technician--but forgot. Detectives said the mother arrived at work at 6:30 a.m. and did not realize her son was in the truck until her shift was over at 3:30
p.m.--but he was already dead.
- August 13 - An unidentified 3-year-old boy died after he was left in a locked car for more than 10 hours. A family member was supposed to drop the child off at day care but forgot. She arrived at work at 7:30 a.m., and did not
discover her mistake until she pulled out at 5:45 p.m. and saw the boy's lifeless body still strapped in his car seat.
Go to page 2 for a recap of the other 16 children who died in June and July alone.