Toddler dies in Las Vegas after being left in hot car

A 3-year-old boy died Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas after he was left in a parked car during triple-digit heat, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Just before 5 p.m., police responded to reports of an injured child by the Grandview hotel on 9940 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Metro spokesman Lt. Carlos Hank said.

Roger Price, who is with Metro’s special victims unit, called the boy’s death “a tragic accident.”

A large family was visiting from out of town and about a dozen children were with the group, he said.

The boy went unaccounted for, Price said. Alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor.

Price said there was no exact reading on the car’s internal temperature, but said that with the 114 degree highs, the car’s temperature could reach as high was 170 degrees.

He said the windows in the vehicle were up, and the child was in a car seat. Price said the boy was in the vehicle for “an extended period,” — at least an hour — but he couldn’t specify exactly how long.

Upon arrival, officers determined that the 3-year-old was suffering from heat-related injuries after being left in a car, Hank said. The child was pronounced dead at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus.

Saturday’s high temperature reached 114 degrees, tying the record set in 1949 for the date.

Metro’s abuse and neglect section is investigating.

The last time a child died after being left in a vehicle in Las Vegas was in August 2015, when 4-year-old Seth Franz was accidently left in a hot car for at least two to three hours. He was found unresponsive in the 4600 block of Welter Avenue, near East Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard, according to police.

Franz’s grandfather was running errands and forgot the boy was in the car, police said. Seth was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was declared deceased.

Tips for keeping kids safe

Children should never be left in cars, even if a window is cracked open, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures.
— To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
— When leaving the car, check to make sure everyone is out of the car and do not overlook children who have fallen asleep in the car.

The CDC also recommends wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; staying in an air-conditioned place as much as possible; and staying hydrated.