On average, 38 children under the age of 15 die of heatstroke each year after being left in a car, the council says.
In the Georgia case, the boy, Kendrick Ingram Jr., drove home in an SUV in Columbus with his grandmother and other children around 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon from attending church and running errands, according to a county police official Muscogee. Bureau report on the death of the child.
The grandmother told investigators that she believed all the children got out of her SUV when they came home, the coroner’s report said, and then went to her bedroom. The report said Kendrick’s mother was at work at the time and had met the group at a nearby Walmart store earlier during her lunch break.
Nearly three hours later at about 8:15 p.m., Kendrick’s uncle used the SUV to drive to Wendy’s restaurant, unaware that the boy was in the back seat, according to the report. He stopped the car and got in, where he later received a phone call from Kendrick’s grandmother asking if he had seen him.
The report said the uncle found Kendrick in the car with “foam and blood” coming out of his mouth and called for emergency medical help, which arrived two minutes after the call.
Kendrick was described as “extremely hot to the touch” at the scene and showed no signs of life, the report said.
The coroner’s office said that given the circumstances of the child’s death, his body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy. Brian said the autopsy results could take up to five months to complete.
CNN has reached out to the Columbus Police Department.
Police said the child he left in a car died
While the hottest months have the highest number of deaths, deaths from hot car crashes in children are an ongoing problem in all months, and nearly every state has reported an accident since 1998, according to the data.
The Georgia Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that prosecutors’ evidence of extramarital sexual relations for Justin Ross Harris – which the state portrayed as the motive behind his decision to kill his son Cooper – had an unfair effect on the jury.
Defense attorneys argued that Cooper’s death was a tragic accident caused by his father’s death in memory.
CNN’s Galen Pickford contributed to this report.
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