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4-Year-Old Locks Himself In Family Vehicle, Becomes First Hot Car Death in 2020

An unnamed 4-year-old has become the first hot car death on record for 2020.

The boy who lived in Tomball, Texas, allegedly died after he became locked inside a vehicle parked in his driveway, The Houston Chronicle reports.

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The boy is believed to have walked outside his home on Mimosa Spring Drive on Friday without anyone noticing, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

It is believed he escaped his parents’ supervision around 3:30 p.m. and climbed into the family car.

While it is unknown just how long the boy remained in the car, when an adult found him, he was unresponsive.

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Soon after, the 4-year-old was rushed to a hospital but was unable to be saved.

No one has been charged yet in the connection with the child’s death but the story is still ongoing.

According to experts, over 37 American children die in hot cars each year.

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Often, it happens when children are unsupervised.

Experts recommend parents develop memory “tricks” like putting their purse or cellphone in the backseat.

Health officials are constantly reminding parents to be aware and on high alert so avoid a similar tragedy from happening in their own life.

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