Police caution parents about leaving children in cars

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut state police are putting out the message to parents about the dangers of leaving children of any age alone in a hot car.

State police say 15 children have died so far this year across the country. It’s unclear if that number includes the death of a Ridgefield boy Monday.

“Children should never be left in a locked car and should not ever have access to unlocked, parked vehicles or trunks in this hot humid weather,” Lt. J. Paul Vance said in a news release.

State police say 44 children nationwide died last year due to automobile heat-related deaths. Since 1998, more than 500 have died from hyperthermia after being in a hot car, whether they were left alone or got into the car to play.

“These numbers are troublesome because they represent deaths of babies, toddlers, and young children and these deaths are completely preventable,” Vance said.

On a hot, sunny day, temperatures inside a car can rise into the triple digits within minutes, becoming dangerous to children within just a few minutes.

State police say leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle may result in a felony charge.

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