An 18-month-old boy died of hyperthermia in central Florida due to his parents’ negligence, Polk County officials said Thursday in a case of “aggravated manslaughter of a boy.”
On July 4, America’s Independence Day, Joel and Jasmine Rondon, 33 and parents of a child, returned to their home in Lakeland after a party. He forgot the woman tied to the back of the car.
The girl’s parents were alerted at 11 a.m. the next morning, when they searched for her, and found her lying in the sun in a hot vehicle, according to a statement. Sheriff’s Office.
The child’s core body temperature reached 104.4 degrees Fahrenheit (40.02 degrees Celsius). An autopsy revealed that the girl died of hyperthermia.
“The car was parked outside, not in a garage, not under a tree, not under any shade. “The investigation shows that the temperature in the car at the time may have been between 130 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit (54-76 degrees Celsius),” said Sheriff Grady Judd.
Authorities indicated the parents tested positive for alcohol and marijuana they consumed at the party, and Joel Rondon also tested positive for methamphetamine.
So far this year, 10 children have died of hyperthermia after being left in cars in the US, while a total of 33 deaths are expected in 2022.
According to No Heat Stroke statistics reviewed by EFE, Texas is the state with the most child deaths in vehicles with 138 cases between 1998 and 2022, followed by Florida (102) and California (56).
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