Latest News: Toddler Left in Hot Van

On July 30 authorities reported that a 2-year-old boy died after he was left in a scorching hot van outside a Florida daycare. The name of the infant was Noah Sneed and the location where the tragedy occurred was Ceressa’s Daycare and Preschool in Oakland Park, Florida. Investigators have yet to determine how long the infant was left in the van.

“In the first 10 minutes on a day as hot as Monday [the day the accident occurred], the temperature inside a locked vehicle could leap as much as 20 degrees. It would rise another 10 degrees in the next 10 minutes and about five degrees for every 10 minutes thereafter,” Janette Fennell, president and founder of Kids and Cars, a nonprofit that tracks hot-car deaths said to the Sun-Sentinel

“For a child to die, it’s when their temperature gets to maybe 106 or 107 degrees,” Ms. Fennell said. “And their little bodies heat up three to five times faster than ours.”

The Broward County Sheriff ‘s Office is currently investigating the death of the infant and as of the time of this publication, authorities had yet to charge anyone. Noah’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office where an autopsy will be conducted to officially determine the cause of death.

According to the article by Sun-Sentinel, a December 2018 inspection of the daycare found that its staff members who were caring for infants were not up to date on training, “sheets on infant cribs and play yards were not tight enough, and many toddlers weren’t wearing shoes.” Another inspection in 2018 revealed that “an infant teacher had not completed safe sleep training, and one staff member hired in May 2017 had not completed the required training.” The daycare facility has a history of other violations that go back to 2015.

The national average where a child who had been accidentally left in a hot car and died of heatstroke is 38.  In 2018, 52 cases were reported, which stemmed down to one child dying per week. The website Kids and Cars reported that so far in 2019, two dozen children have died from accidentally being left in hot cars.  Out of the two dozen cases, four of those deaths occurred in Florida. This news comes to more of a shock when we factor in that Florida annual average of deaths of children left in cars is three per year.