KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
WASHINGTON STATE. – Washington State troopers say recent events like the one in Issaquah where an officer broke a car window to save a baby are a grim reminder to never leave any child alone in a car.
Dan Coon with WSP says witnesses did the right thing by calling police when they saw the baby alone in a hot car.
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Temperatures inside a car, even with a window cracked open, can exceed 125 degrees in just a few minutes.
Even on a cooler 60-degree day, a car’s internal temperature can rise to 110 degrees within an hour.
Coon says babies and children can’t regulate temperature as well as adults, so they have a much higher chance of getting heat stroke and dying.
So far this year 19 children have died nationwide after being left alone in a hot car.