Toronto boy, 2, dead after being left in car in 50 C heat
Postmedia News August 19, 2010
HOUSTON — A two-year-old Toronto boy has died after being left in a blistering hot car for two hours in a suburb of Houston, Texas.
According to police officials, the toddler — identified as Khoa Nguyen — was forgotten in the vehicle when his older, autistic brother had a seizure as the family was returning from the grocery store. The family, who were visiting relatives in Houston, had gone inside with their seven-year-old son to retrieve medication, leaving the younger boy behind.
When they returned to the SUV two hours later, he was already unconscious. He was later pronounced dead at a north Houston hospital.
“On a day like today, the interior temperature (of a car) can rise almost 20 degrees,” said Det. Sgt. Ben Beall, of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. “Unless you’re found almost immediately, (there’s) a good probability you’re going to die.”
Houston police said the case will be referred to a grand jury, which will decide if charges will be laid.
The vehicle’s internal temperature was recorded at about 50 C.
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