Twenty children nationwide have died since May after being left alone in hot cars, a reminder for adults to be especially vigilant as temperatures continue to soar, WTOP reports. An 8-month-old died in early July after his mother forgot he was in the backseat while she went to work in Arlington County. Temperatures were in the nineties that day. When the infant was pronounced dead his body temperature had reached 108 degrees.
His mother, Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, was charged with felony child neglect.
That same day a 16-month-old died in Baltimore County after she was left inside a hot car. No charges have been filed yet.
It is illegal in Maryland to leave a child under the age of 8 unattended in any "dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle."
In May, two siblings died of heatstroke in Henrico, Va. Their mother has been charged with felony child neglect.
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