A mother has been arrested in Texas after the death of her baby. The child was left in a hot SUV and eventually died from the excruciating conditions in the car. Concepcion Rodriguez of Corpus Christi is being charged after police say she left her 15 month old in the car for three hours. They say that she forgot the baby was in the car.
This is the fourth time this year that a child has died in a hot car in the state of Texas, where temperatures often reach 100 degrees.
“It happens countless times every single day, in every single city,” Amber Rollins, a spokeswoman with Kids and Cars said to chron.com. “I think one of the most important points in that it can happen to anybody … It’s heartbreaking. The death of a child is one of the most horrid things you can think of, and it’s worse when the parent is responsible.”
The woman says she didn’t realize that she left the baby in the car until her husband came home and asked about the child. Experts recommend that leaving something else important in the backseat with the child, like a purse or cell phone, can make it easier to avoid such a tragic mistake.
If the temperature outside hits 100 degrees, the inside of the car can easily rise to 140 degrees. Babies heat up faster than adults, with body temperatures that rise three times faster.