Jul 25, 2016

Texas boy is 21st child to die in hot car in 2016

Dallas, TX
Williamsport, PA
USA
by
Ashley Fantz
,
CNN
Photo: CNN
Photo: CNN

A toddler in east Dallas has become the 21st child to die in a hot car this year in the U.S., according to the national safety advocacy organization KidsAndCars.org.

That figure is nearly twice as high as the number of children who died by this time last year, the organization reports. When CNN last published a story June 9 about hot car deaths, 11 children had died this year by that time. That means that 10 more kids have died in a little over a single month this summer.

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On Friday, 4-year-old Samaria Motyka died in a car in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where the temperature rose to 97 degrees, according to the Lycoming County Coroner's Office, which is conducting an autopsy.

A woman who takes care of the girl usually dropped her at daycare in the mornings but on Friday the woman drove to work, the affiliate said, citing officials' account. At the end of the woman's workday around 3:30 p.m., she returned to her car and found the girl unconscious