Recent reports are revealing the identities of the two twin boys who were discovered in a hot car outside of a South Carolina daycare. According to People, Brayden and Bryson McDaniel had been in the hot car for at least 9 hours before they were found.
As the coroner revealed, their causes of death have been labeled as due to heatstroke. Temperatures that day reached 81 degrees in South Carolina. Brayden and Bryson were just 20 months old.
The Richland County Coroner Nadia Rutherford further revealed that the parents were accidentally left in the car by one or both of their parents. However, it still is unknown if the daycare staff was involved.
“This is an unfortunate accident,” Rutherford told reporters during the press conference. “We have two very distraught parents. We pray that the family one day finds peace.”
The investigation is still ongoing.
Richland County, South Carolina police are currently in the beginning stages of an investigation after two twin toddlers were found dead inside of a vehicle parked outside of the daycare. According to WIS TV, the toddlers were discovered evening of September 1, around 5:30 p.m.
Deputies had been dispatched to the Sunshine House after receiving multiple reports that there were two unresponsive toddlers inside a parked hot car.
As WIS TV reports, both of the children were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Richland County Coroner’s Office, the twins were boys.
However, while the children were found in a car parked in the Daycare’s parking lot, it still has not been confirmed if workers at the Sunshine House are involved. Nonetheless, the school has been closed until September 7.
The exact ages of the twin boys has also not been reported. According to reported Shay Simon, the scene where the boys were discovered was “filled with screaming and crying.”
Simon continued to share photos and videos of the scene on Twitter. However, no additional information has been issued to the public. The family of the twin boys was at the scene. It’s unclear if they were there when the police arrived or if they were notified after the children’s bodies were found.
Sadly, according to KidsandCars.org, in 2021, 19 children have passed away due to being left in hot cars. This is down from the 26 who passed away in 2020.
As KidsandCars reports on their website, “1,000 children have died in hot cars nationwide since 1990. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car, and the end result can be injury or even death.”
It’s so important to always check the backseat of your car every time you exit it, no matter what. Many new cars today have reminders for drivers every time a car is shut off. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family as they navigate this difficult time.
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