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  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2017 25
  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2016: 39
  • Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 725
  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 37

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US Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths

CIRCUMSTANCES

An examination of media reports about the 700 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 19-year period (1998 through October 2016) shows the following circumstances:

  • 54% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (376 Children)
  • 28% - child playing in unattended vehicle (198)
  • 17% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (120)
  • 1% - circumstances unknown (6)

Demographics of Persons Responsible for Heatstroke Deaths of Children Forgotten in Vehicles

AGES

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-October 2016) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years. More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age. Below are the percentage of total (695) deaths (and the number of deaths).

  • < 1-year old = 32% (225)
  • 1-year old = 22% (154)
  • 2-years old = 20% (136)
  • 3-years old = 13% (92)
  • 4-years old = 6% (42)
  • 5-years old = 3% (23)
  • 6-years old = 1% (9)
  • 7-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 8-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 9-years old = < 1% (2)
  • 10-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 11-years old = < 1% (2)
  • 12-years old = < 1% (1)
  • 13-years old = < 1% (1)
  • 14-years old = < 1% (3)
  • Unknown = < 1% (1)



# Date City Temp Name Age
25 7/19/2017 Sumter, SC 91° Mekhi Rembert 1 yr
24 7/15/2017 Las Vegas, NV 114° Chase Lee 3 yr
23 7/15/2017 Delray Beach, FL 84° Khayden Saint Sauver 23 mo
22 7/14/2017 Gatlinburg, TN 91° Boy 2 yr
21 7/8/2017 Chattanooga, TN 90° Kiara McCullough 11 mo
20 7/2/2017 Mary Ester, FL 89° Timothy Christopher McCoy 7 wks
19 7/1/2017 Mooresville, NC 90° Girl 3 yr
18 6/24/2017 St. George, UT 105° Abraham Royal 2 yr
17 6/23/2017 Twin Falls, ID 85° Natalie Ross 10 mo
16 6/23/2017 Ft. Worth, TX 101° Keandre Goodman 3 yr
15 6/23/2017 Houston, TX 96° Justin Huynh 7 mo
14 6/15/2017 Tucker, GA 93° Skylar Fowler 1 yr
13 6/12/2017 West Memphis, AR 88° Christopher Gardner 6 yr
12 6/7/2017 Kerrville, TX 87° Addson Overgard-Eddy 2 yr
11 6/7/2017 Kerrville, TX 87° Brynn Hawkins 1 yr
10 5/26/2017 Weatherford, TX 96° Juliet Ramirez 1 yr
9 5/26/2017 Weatherford, TX 96° Cavanaugh Ramirez 2 yr
8 5/20/2017 Caldwell, ID  75° Kyrae Vineyard 5 mo
7 4/14/2017 Burleson, TX 82° Kingston Jackson 23 mo
6 4/7/2017 Vestavia, AL 68° Christian Evan Sanders 1 yr
5 4/05/2017 Pt. Pleasant, WV 84° Abel Stephens 19 mo
4 3/29/2017 Carbon Hill, AL 84° Giuliana Susan Grace Ramirez 14 mo
3 3/28/2017 Ville Platte, LA 92° Addyson Bertrand 3 yr
2 2/28/2017 Brandon, FL 90° Jacob Manchego 2 yr
1 2/06/2017 Pinecrest, FL 82° Samuel Schnall 1 yr

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