A group says the hot car death in Georgia is at least the sixth heat-related car death in an American child this year


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.

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Kendrick was described as “extremely hot to the touch” at the scene and showed no signs of life, the report said.

Paddy Bryan, a Muscogee County coroner, told CNN the primary cause of death was suffocation. Sunday temperatures in the Columbus area reached 96 degrees Fahrenheit, according to National Weather Service.

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

In the Virginia case, an 18-month-old boy died after being accidentally left in a car unattended for several hours, Chesterfield County Police said Tuesday. Police have not determined the cause of his death, but the high temperature in Midlothian, about 20 miles west of Richmond, was about 81 degrees Fahrenheit that day.
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And last week in Texas, a 5-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside the family’s Houston home. Meanwhile, four children were among 16 people rushed to San Antonio area hospitals after they were found Monday in a sweltering cart half packed with immigrants, killing 51 people. The ages of those who died have not yet been released.
The majority of child deaths from hot cars are caused by a caregiver forgetting the child, according to data compiled by Jan Knoll, a lecturer in the Department of Meteorology and Climatology at San Jose State University.

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.

His ex-wife, Justin Ross Harris, describes him as
Tragedies often attract national attention, as well as sometimes the criminal fallout. However, this month Georgia’s highest court overturned the murder conviction of a father who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his 22-month-old son with a hot car in 2014.

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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