3-Year-Old Boy Dies Left Inside Car Under Miami Sun; it is the 10th such death in 2022


(CNN) — A 3-year-old boy died Monday after his father left him inside a vehicle outside a Jewish educational center in north Miami-Dade County, Florida, according to the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD).

It’s the 10th death of a child from heat stroke in a car in the United States this year, according to NoHeatStroke.org, a website run by San Jose State University professor Jan Null that tracks such deaths.

Police responded to the Lubavitch Education Center on Monday at around 3:47 p.m. local time in reference to an “unresponsive 3-year-old boy inside a vehicle,” MGPD spokeswoman Diana Delgado-Gourgue told CNN in an email.

The boy was “pronounced dead by doctors” after being transported to a local hospital, police said.

The “investigation later revealed that his father left the 3-year-old boy in the vehicle. No charges have been filed at this time,” Delgado-Gourgue said.

“This tragedy hits close to home, and many in our school community have been affected by it,” Rabbi Benzion Korf, the school’s dean, told CNN affiliate WPLG.

“No words can capture the anguish and sadness we feel. Our deepest condolences are with the family at this time of great loss. We ask the community for your prayers and to respect the privacy of the family as they grieve,” the rabbi said in a statement.

On Monday, North Miami Dade had a high temperature of 33 degrees Celsius, with a heat index of 37.7 degrees.

In 2021, there were a total of 23 pediatric heat stroke deaths in vehicles in the US, reported NoHeatStroke.org.

CNN has reached out to the medical examiner and the Lubavitch Educational Center for comment.



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