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Georgia Father Is Free 10 Years After His Son Died in a Hot Car

Justin Ross Harris' murder conviction was overturned in 2022

(Newser) - A father from Georgia has been released from prison 10 years after his toddler died in a hot car, a case that made global headlines after prosecutors accused him of murder, the AP reports. Justin Ross Harris was freed on Sunday—Father's Day—from the Macon State Prison, Georgia...

1-Year-Old Forgotten in Daycare Van Dies: Cops

Van driver has been charged in little girl's death

(Newser) - A 1-year-old Nebraska girl was picked up along with two of her siblings for daycare Monday, but never made it back home. Police say Ra'Miyah Worthington was left inside the van after it arrived at Kidz of the Future Child Development Center II in Omaha, and was found there...

18-Month-Old Dies After Being Left in Car Overnight

Florida parents are charged with aggravated manslaughter

(Newser) - A toddler died after her parents left her in a hot car overnight following a Fourth of July party in Florida, authorities said Thursday. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Lakeland couple Joel and Jazmine Rondon have been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. Authorities said the Rondons...

It Was a Terrible Week for Hot-Car Deaths

3 kids died in the space of a week—a significant spike over same period the year before

(Newser) - Three children died in hot cars over the past week, pushing the number of such deaths in 2023 to double the number over the same time period in 2022, NBC News reports. ( This seminal 2009 article explains how such tragedies can happen accidentally, more easily than you might think....

Father Won't Be Retried in Toddler's Death in a Hot Car

Georgia court had thrown out conviction

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Georgia said Thursday they will not retry a man whose murder conviction in the death of his 22-month-old son left in a hot car was overturned. The state Supreme Court's decision revolved around evidence that it said should not have been admitted in the trial. Because of...

She's Charged After Deaths of 2 Grandkids in a Year

Florida's Tracey Nix faces charges after the most recent one, for leaving infant in hot car

(Newser) - A Florida grandmother faces criminal charges after the death of a second grandchild in her care in less than a year. The woman is 65-year-old Tracey Nix of Hardee County, and Nix's own daughter wants to see her in prison, reports NBC News . The details are wrenching:
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Cops: Grandpa Returned to Car 3 Times After Boy Died in Heat

Alabama man has been charged in toddler's death

(Newser) - An Alabama grandfather who had been taking his grandson to daycare in the mornings as his daughter, the boy's mother, recovered from hip surgery apparently forgot to drop the 2-year-old off Tuesday, with unimaginable consequences. The toddler, Ian Wiesman, was found dead in his grandfather's truck later that...

Police: Child Intentionally Left in Hot Car for 5 Hours

The 1-year-old died, and his father has been charged

(Newser) - A 1-year-old is dead after being left in a hot car in Ohio, and his father has been charged with his murder. CBS News reports Landon Parrot, 19, arrived at the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital on Thursday with his unresponsive child. Police who arrived to question Parrot allege he gave...

On a Sweltering Texas Day, Tragedy at Elementary School

Boy, 5, dies after being pulled out of hot car in Hidalgo County, Texas

(Newser) - Temps in Hidalgo County, Texas, broke the 100-degree mark on Thursday, with a humidity-exacerbated heat index of 105. Those weather conditions contributed to a tragedy outside of a Mission elementary school, where a 5-year-old boy died after being found inside a hot car. Raul Gonzalez, police chief for the La...

3-Year-Old Florida Boy Dies in Hot Car

It's the first such incident in Florida this year and the 11th in the country

(Newser) - A three-year-old Florida boy died Monday after his father left him in a car for up to six hours, per the Miami Herald. It happened outside Lubavitch Educational Center in Miami Gardens. Several of the boy’s siblings attend the same school, and both his parents are teachers there. It...

Child Dies in Hot Car While Mother Is at Work

Georgia woman says she forgot she hadn't taken 1-year-old to day care

(Newser) - A 1-year-old died after being left in a car parked outside a Georgia drugstore while the mother worked inside, the second death of a child in a hot car in Georgia in a week. The Madison County sheriff said the unidentified child was left in the car for three to...

After Fatally Forgetting His Son in Car, Dad Kills Self

18-month-old was never dropped off at his Virginia daycare

(Newser) - Police say a father in Chesterfield County, Va., took his own life shortly after realizing he'd left his 18-month-old son in his car Tuesday and the child died. At some point in the morning, the man realized he'd left the boy in the car and brought him inside...

Boy, 3, Dies After Grandma Forgets He Was in Car

Kendrick Engram Jr. was in hot car for nearly 3 hours

(Newser) - In yet another tragic hot car death, a 3-year-old boy died in the back of a hot SUV in Georgia after his grandmother forgot to take him out of the vehicle. Authorities say the grandmother had been out with Kendrick Engram Jr. and several other children and didn't take...

Cops: Boy Died in Hot Car While Mom Prepared Sister's Party

Police say Texas boy was left in car for 2 to 3 hours

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Houston-area boy died in a hot car while his mother was busy preparing his 8-year-old sister's birthday party, police say. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the woman took the two children to a store while getting ready for the party Monday and left the boy behind...

Cops: As He Was Arrested, His Baby Died in His Car

Davied Japez McCorry Whatley allegedly failed to inform police the 8-month-old was in car

(Newser) - Davied Japez McCorry Whatley went to the Snellville Police Department on Tuesday afternoon to pick up a gun police had in their possession. Upon running the standard background check before releasing the firearm to him, police discovered there was a warrant out for the Georgia 20-year-old's arrest for probation...

Sheriff Shares Outcome of Probe Into Twins' Hot-Car Death

Dad will not be charged

(Newser) - Update: After an "intense investigation," police say they will not charge the man who accidentally left his 20-month-old identical twins in a hot car for more than 9 hours on Sept. 1; the two died of heat stroke. At a Tuesday news conference, Sheriff Leon Lott described the...

Cops: Dad Wouldn't Let Us Break Window to Save Toddler

1-year-old died in hot car

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Nevada man is charged with refusing to allow his car windows to be broken when his 1-year-old daughter was locked inside—leading to the toddler's death. Officers say that on Monday afternoon Sidney Deal got in a fight with his girlfriend, who asked him and his daughter...

Brothers, 3 and 1, Die After Climbing Into Car on Own

Hot car tragedy strikes in Alabama

(Newser) - Unimaginable tragedy struck in Alabama on Saturday, where two brothers, ages 3 and 1, died in a hot car that they climbed into themselves, USA Today reports. The boys' parents told authorities they thought the toddlers were playing in their bedrooms, but following a frantic search after being unable to...

Dad Leaves Toddler Twins in Hot Minivan for 3.5 Hours

The tragedy unfolded at a Honda dealership in Alabama

(Newser) - In another hot-car tragedy, an Alabama father left his 11-month old twins in a minivan for nearly 3 1/2 hours—and the result was not good, AL.com reports. Police officers and firefighters responded to his 911 call Friday at the Honda dealership in Oxford where he works. "He...

A Tragic Past for Parents of Toddler Who Died in Hot Car

'Miracle baby' Zariah Hasheme's mother had 6 previous miscarriages

(Newser) - Demi Petrowski had six miscarriages before a "miracle baby" arrived for her and her husband, Zachary Hasheme: daughter Zariah. Now the New Mexico couple is mourning their only child after a babysitter allegedly left the 2-year-old in a hot car. Police in Hobbs say 41-year-old Tammie Brooks was tasked...

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