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What is wrong with people — child dies in hot car

The sheeple factor again. I’m almost in despair that this country is so full of stupid, dangerous, negligent people. Each summer it’s the same damn, sad story — kids being left to fry in closed vehicles.

A grandmother is in the Denver County Jail after her 2-year-old granddaughter died when she was left unattended in a car in 90-plus degree heat. Police said Yvonne Mabry, the girl’s grandmother, was babysitting Elizabeth Buchmiller and her 5-year-old sister Saturday. A neighbor walking through a parking lot found the child. Rescuers were unable to revive her.

…”The bulk of these accidents don’t get prosecuted,” said Jan Null, adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University and co-author of an article published this month in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He said 10 states have passed laws making it a crime to leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

The high temperature recorded Saturday was 97. Inside the car it probably exceeded 140 degrees, said Null. The temperature rises an average of 43 degrees an hour. Last year, 35 children died of heat exhaustion after being left in cars. The average is 29. Hundreds more suffer heat illness. Surveys have found that one-fourth of women surveyed admit leaving infants or toddlers unattended in cars.

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