Two young children in neighboring Florida counties died Friday after being left in hot cars, authorities say.
A 29-year-old woman has been charged with negligent manslaughter in the death of her 1-year-old daughter, who was left for seven hours in a vehicle at a gas station in Sanford.
Kailyn Pollard forgot to take her daughter to daycare, leaving her in the vehicle for the day as the temperature rose above 90, according to the arrest report. Kit Pollard was found dead inside the SUV.
A 4-year-old boy had been found alone in a locked car outside a school in Orange County earlier Friday. The child died at a nearby hospital.
“The child was probably in the car for quite some time because the child was obviously in distress,” Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told WESH.
An investigation is ongoing.
The sheriff’s office noted Saturday that 37 kids die from heat stroke in the U.S. each year after being left alone in a vehicle, and that it often happens in Florida.
“We want to remind you to never leave your child — or a pet for that matter — in the car alone,” the sheriff’s office said.
The Facebook post noted that it only takes 20 minutes on a hot day for the interior temperature of a car to increase to 114 degrees.