3-Year-Old Houston Boy Dies Inside Hot Car While Searching For His Toy

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HOUSTON - A 3-year-old Houston boy who wandered into a car while looking for his toy died after being unable to get out of the vehicle, according to authorities.

On Thursday, the boy entered the car parked near a house to retrieve his toy from the back seat, said Kese Smith, spokesperson of the Houston Police Department. He entered through the unlocked front door and climbed into the back seat.

Once he got into the back seat, he couldn’t open the back door because the child protective locks were on, Smith said.

It was extremely hot in Houston on Thursday, with a high of 100°.

Family members found the boy in the back of the car, about 30 to 45 minutes after he was last seen. He was in cardiac arrest and a family member began performing CPR.

A 911 call was made around 2 p.m. The boy was taken to the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, where he later died, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Smith said this appears to be a tragic accident.

Police are still investigating and no charges have been filed.

6 Tips to Prevent Hot Car Deaths:

  1. Place your cell phone, briefcase, purse or other important item in the backseat before driving to your destination. This will get you in the routine of checking the backseat every day.
  2. Establish a peace-of-mind plan. When you drop off your child, make a habit of calling or texting all other caregivers, so all of you know where your child is at all times.
  3. Thirty percent of the deaths in the U.S. have occurred when a child climbed into an unlocked vehicle. Before getting out of the car, check to be sure everyone is out and lock all doors.
  4. Communicate planned absences with daycare providers. Ask them to call you if your child does not arrive on time, and they have not heard from you.
  5. Educate your children about not playing in and around vehicles.
  6. If you see a child alone in a car, dial 911 immediately.