Shelby County boys, ages 3 and 1, dead after climbing into hot
car, getting locked inside
children died Saturday afternoon after authorities say they
climbed into a vehicle outside their home and got locked inside
for more than an hour.
Shelby County authorities
responded about 3:30 p.m. Saturday to a residence off of County
Road 25 in Montevallo, said Coroner Lina Evans. The parents told
authorities the two boys – ages 3 and 1 – were thought to be
playing in their rooms but had gone outside apparently.
The family frantically searched for them and eventually found
them inside the vehicle. Both were unresponsive and rushed to
Shelby Baptist Medical Center where they were later pronounced
Evans said the boys had gotten into the vehicle
sometime after 1 p.m. and were discovered about 3:30 p.m.
Autopsies will be done in Montgomery Monday to determine the
exact cause of death.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
is investigating, but Evans said it “unfortunately is just a
tragic accident.” The boys’ names are not being released at this
time. Temperatures on Saturday were in the 90s.
deaths mark the second time this week children have died in
Alabama after being found in a hot car. On Sunday, 3-year-old
Bentley Fowler was declared dead in a car on Chruch Street in
the northwest Alabama town of Hodges. At the time, Fowler was
the 15th child to die in 2020 in hot cars in the U.S. this year,
according to KidsAndCars.org, a national nonprofit child safety
In that case however, the boy’s parents,
Dakota Heath Fowler, 20, and Brandi Michelle Burks, 22, were
arrested on manslaughter charges, according to the Franklin
County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, 3-year-old Kaiden
Garner died in Florence and authorities initially believed that
death resulted from heat exposure as well, but the investigation
deemed the boy died from blunt force trauma. No arrests have
been announced in that case.
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