A Texas border-area mother is in police custody after allegedly leaving her 5-month-old baby and 3-year-old toddler in a hot car for at least 45 minutes on a 90 degree day. The woman was waiting in line at a nail salon for a wax job. Authorities found the young children sweating and crying, according to local KTRK. The incident occurred in Harlingen, Texas.
The children were reportedly rushed to the hospital and the mother was arrested for child endangerment.
Temperatures this week in Harlingen have reached 95 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
A study published by the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University reveals that eight children have been killed this year by heatstroke deaths resulting from having been left inside of a car. Thirty one children died from the cause in 2014 and 645 children have died in this way since 1998.
According to information provided by the study, at 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperatures in the car would have been at approximately 123 degrees Fahrenheit after one hour. In the instance involving the border-area mother, the temperatures could have been closer to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
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