Twins left in hot car for 3.5 hours at Oxford dealership; 1 dead, 1 OK

One of two infants left for hours in a vehicle at an Oxford car dealership Friday has died.

Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge said police and firefighters were called to Sunny King Honda at 11:54 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, they learned that 11-month-old twins, a boy and girl, had been inside the vehicle for three hours and 26 minutes.

The parent is an employee at the dealership. The male child was pronounced dead. The female child is fine, Partridge said.

As of Sept. 21, 43 children have died in hot cars nationwide in 2019. Only one of those has happened in Alabama.

Castiel King, 2, died in July when police say he slipped out of his Dothan house and got trapped in the family’s vehicle. Authorities said his parents were under the influence of marijuana at the time. They have been charged with manslaughter.

The temperature on Friday was in the mid-90s. Experts say vehicles heat up fast, and the inside of a car can reach dangerous temperatures in a matter of minutes. On a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can approach 110 degrees in just 10 minutes. After half an hour, it can be well above 120. But that’s just the temperature of the air in shaded areas of the car.

Partridge said the investigation is ongoing. “It’s a scene you don’t want to respond to,’’ the chief said. “It’s one of those things that will stay with you for the rest of your life.”