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Police urge car safety after child left in hot car

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Lexington police have an urgent reminder for parents following the death of a infant they say was left in a hot car. As police continue to investigate they say people need to take action to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Having to respond to a child left in a car is a call that's never easy for first responders and police.

"It's always tragic when it involved a very small child like this," says Sergeant Jesse Harris with Lexington Police.

On Saturday police would respond to a home on Candlelight Way.

"A child had been left unattended in a car and then had a heat-related injury," says Sgt. Harris.

That five-month-old, Holland Judy, would later pass away at the hospital. As police investigate the incident, it left us asking how hot does it get inside a car?

We all know that it gets extremely hot in the summertime so we want to put the heat to the test. We placed one thermometer inside of a car with the door shut and the windows up, and another outside the car so we could see just how hot it gets in the car.

Initially, it was over 95 degrees inside and outside of the car. In just 10 minutes the the temperature jumped ten degrees inside the car. Outside it stayed the same. Half an hour later, it was 120 degrees in the car, and nearly 100 degrees outside.

"That's consistent with most scientific testing that's been done. After about 20 minutes the temperature can go up as much as 30 degrees in a locked car with the windows up," says Sgt. Harris.

That's why police say it's important to find a way to remind yourself your child is in the car, whether that be reminders at work or in your car.

"When you put your baby in the backseat, also put your purse, wallet, or cell phone into the backseat. It's just another thing that you think about that might help remind you to check the backseat," says Sgt. Harris.

Police also recommend placing one of the child's toys in the front seat in an area that you will see before leaving the car. They say these reminders can help keep your kids safe during those summer months.

Meanwhile, Lexington Police say in regards to this case there have been no charges at this time.

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