Arkansas boy, 3, dies after being left in hot car, police say – WFTV

FORT SMITH, Ark. – A 3-year-old Arkansas boy died after being left in a hot car on Tuesday, authorities said.

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The temperature at 2 p.m. CDT in Fort Smith had exceeded 100 degrees when the boy was found in a car parked in the driveway of a house, the Fort Smith Southwest Times Record reported.

In a news release, the Fort Smith Police Department said an “undisclosed person” had to break the car window before taking the child to an area hospital. The boy later died in hospital, according to KFSM-TV.

According to a press release from Kids and Car Safety, the boy was the 18th child to die in a hot car nationwide this year and the first in Arkansas. The state ranks 18th nationally with 19 hot car deaths since 1998, according to the organization.

Tuesday’s death was the first of a child in a hot vehicle in Arkansas since 2020, according to the Times Record. According to the newspaper, there were two car deaths in the state that year.

“In the first 10 minutes a car is shut down, the temperature rises 19 degrees,” Jan Null, an assistant professor of meteorology at San Jose State University, told KFSM. “So let’s say a day of 100 degrees or over 100 degrees like it is in Fort Smith today – you know you’re about 120 degrees in 10 minutes.”

Police said an investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available, according to the department’s press release.

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