Studies have shown that hot cars for children and pets inside can be fatal in just one hour.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A 2-month-old boy in Kentucky died of hyperthermia this week after police claimed that a family member inadvertently left the child in a car for several hours.

Lexington Police Department spokeswoman Brenna Angel said the officers had been sent home around 7:30 pm on a report of a deceased child.

Angel said detectives believe a family member inadvertently left the child in a car for several hours on Thursday. In an autopsy, hyperthermia was cited as a cause of death, Angel said. At 4 pm On Thursday, the temperature in Lexington reached 84 degrees according to the National Weather Service.

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No criminal charges have been filed, Angel said, adding that "a specific timeline of events and information on the factors involved in this incident is under investigation".

At least eight hundred According to, children have died in hot cars since records began in 1998.

According to, 38 children died in hot cars in 2019, with two deaths in Kentucky.

Cars turn into ovens when direct sunlight heats items inside. Temperatures can rise up to 120 or 130 degrees, even if the outside temperature is only in the 80s. The natural cooling methods of the body, such as. Sweating, for example, will switch off as soon as the body temperature reaches 104 degrees. Death can occur at 107 degrees.

Contribution: Doyle Rice of USA TODAY


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