09/08/15 | Baby Boy Dies After His Grandparents Accidentally Leave Him in Hot Car for Two Hours
The hot-car deaths of two children in Georgia last week brought the nation’s total this year to 26, putting America on a grim pace to top its yearly average of 37, according to data compiled by KidsAndCars.org.
The Georgia father was charged with involuntary manslaughter after leaving his 15-month-old twin daughters in the back of an SUV parked in Carrollton.
Four other children died over the July 22-24 weekend, in Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, the nonprofit said.
In recent years as the number of hot-car deaths has risen, some car companies and makers of baby products have started developing new technologies to help remind parents to check the back seat.>> Continue Reading on LATimescom
08/01/15 | Don't Leave Kids in Cars Campaign Launched Countywide
(August 2015) Leaving a child unattended in a car in California is both illegal (Kaitlyn's Law) and dangerous no matter what the weather conditions. Joining together to get this lifesaving message out during August is The Raise Foundation -- Orange County's Child Abuse Prevention Council -- in collaboration with the Orange County Social Services Agency, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Also championing the cause are many local car dealerships, banks, hospitals and medical clinics, colleges, stores, companies, youth groups, places of worship, and others. A comprehensive social media campaign, onsite presentations, radio spots, and information booths at community events will aide in educating and reminding the public.
“The Orange County Social Services Agency encourages and supports The Raise Foundation’s efforts to educate the community and raise awareness on this important issue,” said Mike Ryan, Director of the County of Orange Social Services Agency.
On average, 37 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being left inside a car. As of June 2015, 32 children nationwide have perished this way. In California, the law is named for a southern California infant, Kaitlyn, who at 6-months-old perished from heat-related complications after being left unattended in a motor vehicle. California is one of 19 states to have such a law.
"Most often, the loving parent, grandparent, friend, or caregiver has simply forgotten or didn't realize the child was even in the car," noted Eldon Baber, Executive Director of The Raise Foundation. "The 'Don't Forget. Double Check.” awareness campaign message is to help families remember; yet we also ask the entire community to become and remain vigilant. No matter how rushed a person is, please glance into cars -- especially at baby car seats -- to ensure no child is left unattended."
What should someone do if they see a child left unattended in a car? Call 911 immediately. Alert the parent/caregiver and a security guard if they are nearby. Check the door. If it is unlocked, open the door. If it is locked, talk to the child with a comforting tone and ask the child if they can unlock the door. Other frequently asked questions and answers, reminder tips, and downloadable fliers can be found at RaiseForKaitlyn.Weebly.com.
07/21/15 | Kansas woman saves child from hot car
A 2-year-old girl is alive and well in Kansas City today after being found locked in a hot car at a shopping center Saturday afternoon, thanks to the swift action by a Famous Footwear store manager named Sarah Oropeza. It was around 4:15 p.m. and temperatures already hadsoared well into the 90s Saturdaywhen one of Oropeza's co-workers, who was leaving for the day, came rushing back into the store screaming after discovering the baby alone and locked in a car in the parking lot. >>Continue Reading on KCTV5.com
06/22/15 | Pomona 3-Year-Old Dies After Tragically Left in Hot Car
A 3-year-old girl died at a Pomona hospital from a heat- related accidental injury, police said Monday.
The accident in a vehicle outside a home on Rancho Jurupa Place --in Pomona -- was reported at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, said Pomona police Lt. Eddie Vasquez. >>Continue Reading on Patch.com
06/22/15 | PETER FISCHETTI: Purple ribbons recall girl who died in hot car
On Wednesday evening as I drove home from work, I did what I always do when I’m in the car by myself. I thought about my next column, which happens to be this one.
It’s about Kaitlyn’s Law, named in honor of Corona’s Kaitlyn Russell, who died in August 2000 at the age of 6 months after she was left unattended for hours in a sweltering car as her temperature rose to 107 degrees.
The state law prohibits leaving a child younger than 6 in a vehicle without the supervision of someone who is at least 12 years old. >>Continue Reading on Pe.com