A 3-year-old boy died in Texas on Saturday after his parents accidentally left him in a hot car, police said.
The boy and his family had just returned to their home in San Antonio from their 6-year-old son's ball playing ball in the early afternoon, when his parents and older brothers came inside.
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His parents knew the child was left inside the car, and
"It really was just a case of parents who just got distracted," said San Antonio Police Lt. Jesse Salame. "They found him unanswered in the vehicle, removed him and started life-saving measures, but were unsuccessful."
Salame described the situation as a "horrific tragedy" and said that both parents believed the other had brought the child out
in San Antonio on Saturday reached a high of 93 degrees, according to news reports.
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According to Kids and Cars, a nonprofit organization that monitors such fatalities, the boy in San Antonio was 43 in a hot car this year ̵
Dr. Rosina McAlpin, expert parent and CEO of Win Win Parenting, previously told Fox News that often when parents forget their kids in hot vehicles, it's because they often rush to work, meet or another obligation and "forget that they did not drop the child off at daycare or school and rushed to the meeting or work absentmindedly, leaving their child behind."
"Later they remember in shock, but it is often too late, "she said, noting that some parents take turns placing their child in day care and Auger to "forget it's their turn." McAlpin said some caring people "deliberately" leave the children inside the cars because the children "sleep and do not want to be disturbed with the hope that they will return before they wake up."
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Those who leave their children in the car may also not understand the danger they are in or consider how fast the cars can heat up. The internal temperature of the car can quickly jump, with 80 percent of the total temperature rise occurring in the first 30 minutes when the child is inside the car – where the temperature inside can exceed the outside temperature by up to 50 degrees.