A toddler passed away on Monday afternoon after being left inside a hot car in Oak Cliff. Police are investigating two different daycare centers that may have been involved in this incident. Parents are reporting that the child went to Tyne Gifted Achievers.
Despite some parents defending this institution, state officials have painted quite a different picture. Apparently, the two locations in question have been inspected over 11 times over the past year and 32 violations have been found. In February, and investigation by the department found 17 children in a van with only one adult. The adult did not have first aid training and the children were found to be without safety belts.
So far police are questioning the 32 year old man who brought the child in. No charges have been filed at this time.
At this time of the year, it is not uncommon for the Texas heat to push temperatures into the triple digits. Cars can become ovens in the sweltering heat. Children should never be left alone in these conditions. Serious injury and even death are likely to occur as a result of the severe heat. According to the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, there have already been 20 deaths this year as the result of children being left in hot cars.