(NBC-2) COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Twenty-four children have died so far this year after being left in hot cars. With 90-degree weather outside, temperatures inside of a car can be fatal.
“The results are tragic in almost every case,” said Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.
More than 800 children in the U.S. have died in hot cars since 1998.
“When a child’s internal organs reach 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down, and when a child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees the child can die,” said Sally Kreuscher, the Safe Kids Coordinator at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
With some new parents suffering from exhaustion and lack of sleep, some say mistakes can happen.
“A – it can happen to anybody and B- in a distracted time that we live in now, there’s all kinds of things that pull our attention away,” said Mazurkiewicz.