Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2001

Child safe after left in hot car

August 11, 2001

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— A 2-year-old girl was cleared to leave a hospital on Friday, a day after being left in a closed car on the last and hottest day of a deadly two-week heat wave.

The girl, who is from Kansas City, Kan., was listed in good condition in the intensive care unit at Kansas University Medical Center. A hospital spokesman said she would be discharged sometime Friday evening.

The hospital declined to release her name.

Don Pickard, a spokesman for Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust, said the girl was experiencing serious seizures when medics arrived and had a body temperature of over 104.

Police Sgt. Henry Callahan said officers were sent to a home about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and found that the girl had been strapped into a safety seat inside a car.

Police said the parents found the girl in the car after they noticed she was missing from the home.

Ambulance workers were told the girl was inside the car for about an hour, Pickard said.

Police questioned the girl's parents at the hospital on Thursday night. A dispatch official on Friday said no arrests had been reported in the case.

The National Weather Service said the official high temperature was 96 degrees on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., the hottest day of the city's two-week heat wave.

Eight people in the Kansas City area have died of heat-related injuries, most of them 50 or older. On Friday, the medical examiner's office in Jackson County, Mo., ruled a 37-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man's death heat-related.

David Vaughan died at a hospital on Monday, after being found unresponsive in his yard on July 22.

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