Child left in hot car outside east Dallas church dies

Dallas Police are investigating the death of a child left in a car outside a church parking lot Sunday in East Dallas.

According to Dallas Fire-Rescue, crews were called to 11004 Shiloh Road shortly before 4 p.m.

A child was transported to Baylor Medical Center White Rock, according to DFR. He was later pronounced dead.

A parishioner with Dallas Matu Christian Church told News 8 the boy is approximately 2 years of age. Services were taking place inside the church Sunday afternoon.

Dallas Police crime scene investigators were at the scene late Sunday afternoon processing a 2006 Honda Pilot that a church member says the child was left in.

3-year-old dies after left in car outside Far East Dallas church

Updated: 25 July 2016 09:32 AM

Officials are investigating the death of a child who was left in a vehicle during triple-digit heat in Far East Dallas on Sunday afternoon.

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a call about 4 p.m. in the 11000 block of Shiloh Road, near LBJ Freeway, and found a 3-year-old child inside a vehicle.

The child was reportedly left in a Honda Pilot in a church parking lot, according to WFAA-TV (Channel 8).

Reng Om, a member of the Dallas Matu Christian Church, told WFAA that the child's father noticed that he was not in the children's bible service.

Om said the father brought the child into the church and asked someone else to call 911 because he did not speak English.

Officials performed CPR and transported the child to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - White Rock, where he was pronounced dead.

Last month, a Melissa 6-month-old died when her father left her for hours inside his car as temperatures outside topped 90 degrees. The father has been arrested on a manslaughter charge.

In late June, a 2-year-old Grand Prairie child was hospitalized in serious condition after her grandmother left her in a parked car, again with temperatures in the 90s. The toddler's grandmother has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

The high on Sunday was 100 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

San Jose State University meteorologist Jan Null, who has studied heatstroke cases extensively, said the temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in the first 10 minutes.

"So that means after 10 minutes, it's 110 degrees in your car," said Null, creator of the website "For a 5-month-old, that's probably unsurvivable."

After a few hours, air in the car can reach temperatures 45 to 50 degrees higher than the air outside.