The investigation is ongoing, and according to the information published so far, the mother called the police after she found the boy in the car. The boy was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The mother allegedly told the police that she takes the two children to a different kindergarten each morning before work, and this time she forgot to leave the boy. According to Sky News, there are an average of 38 such cases a year in America, and this is the third in Georgia this year, the second in a week.
Last year, 23 children died in the US after being left in very warm cars. In 2018 and 2019, 53 children died in very warm cars.
Very high temperatures in this area
Temperatures reached up to 90 degrees in the area, according to local reports.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, it can become dangerously warm inside a vehicle in around 10 minutes at that temperature, while the Seattle Children's Hospital notes that warm car deaths have been reported in heat as low as 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but the Cleveland Clinic says cars can reach dangerous temperatures at just 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
The death came after another 1-year-old child in Georgia died after being found unresponsive Thursday in a car in Danielsville, 90 miles east of Atlanta. Since 1990, more than 1,000 children have died in very warm cars, the nonprofit said.
Another 7,300 survived with various types of injuries. "Unfortunately, this is yet another example of why it is extremely important to have effective occupant detection technology as standard equipment in all vehicles as quickly as possible," Janette Fennell, founder and president of Kids and Car Safety, said in a statement.
The group noted an overwhelming majority of warm car deaths involved a "loving, responsible parent that unknowingly left the child."