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Police in Pennsylvania are investigating the death of an unresponsive baby in a hot car on Thursday, June 16, officials confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Early in the morning, officers were called to the scene in the 300 block of Fort Couch Road in Upper Saint Clare, Penn, where paramedics tried to rescue a 3-month-old baby, Lieutenant Venerando Costa. Fox News Digital said in an email with the Homicide Unit of the Allegheny County Police.

“Researchers have determined that the father left the baby unattended in a Toyota Sienna minivan,” Costa wrote. “Detectives are working to confirm the timeline of events through surveillance video in the area. They are downloading and reviewing data from the vehicle’s onboard computer.”

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The Upper St. Clair Police Department requested investigative assistance from Allegheny County police after finding the child. According to Costa, the Homicide Division now works with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

On June 16, 2022, he died in a hot car in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.

On June 16, 2022, he died in a hot car in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.
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No arrests have been made in connection with the case.

“The charging decision is made when the medical examiner’s office identifies the cause and procedure of death,” Costa added. “We will not have further information for a media release until the district attorney’s office makes a charging decision.”

As of Thursday evening, temperatures in Upper Saint-Claire had reached an all-time high of about 87 degrees, according to a Google search.

“Unfortunately, this is another example of why it’s so important to have effective occupant detection technology as standard equipment in all vehicles as quickly as possible,” said Janet Fennell, Founder and President of Kids & Car Safety. Friday with Fox News Digital.

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“Every day we delay in developing these costly identification technologies, children are at risk of dying,” she added.

This is the 5th child to die in a hot car in America this year, according to data from Kids and Car Safety Tracked.

“A resident identification and warning system may have helped this Sweet Angel before it was too late.”

This is the 5th child to die in a hot car in America this year, according to data from Kids and Car Safety Tracked. The group is a national non-profit organization working to prevent injuries and deaths of children in and around motor vehicles.

The company reports an average of 38 hot car deaths per year (One every 9 days).

Child hot car deaths vary by circumstances. From 1990 to 2021, 56% of children who died in a hot car-related incident were left unattended in a vehicle.

Children sometimes gain access to their own vehicles (26%) – and get stuck. According to data reported by Kids and Cars Safety in February 2022, in a very small number of cases the conditions were unknown (3%), but in 15% of cases children were left in the vehicle knowingly.

In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; President Biden signed into law. It has a provision to deal with hot car tragedies by providing an audio and visual reminder alert to check the rear seat in new passenger vehicles.

According to a release from Kids and Cars, which was shared with Fox News Digital, it did not specify the need for a system to detect a child being alone in a car.

According to Kids and Car Safety, there are an average of 38 hot car deaths per year in the US, which works to prevent hot car tragedies through education and new safety laws.  This photo shows the baby sitting in the car seat.

According to Kids and Car Safety, there are an average of 38 hot car deaths per year in the US, which works to prevent hot car tragedies through education and new safety laws. This photo shows the baby sitting in the car seat.
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On April 28, 2022, advocates for child and car safety, highway and auto safety, families affected by hot car deaths, and members of Congress met to emphasize the importance of effective hot car technology.

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According to a statement issued by Kids and Car Safety in April, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Coalition Secretary Pete Buttigi asked groups to bring forward the child protection “hot cars” provision under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA, pp. 117-58). 28 – The same day the groups came together.

How parents and guardians can protect children

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises locking car doors and trunks throughout the year so that children cannot enter.

“If you see a child alone in a locked car, get them out immediately and call 911,” the agency said on its website.

“A child suffering from heat should be removed from the vehicle as soon as possible and cooled quickly.”

Here are more tips for parents on “how to create simple habits” to keep children safe with courtesy of Kids and Car Safety.

Make sure your child is never alone in the car

Keep a baby diaper bag or other item in the front passenger seat so that the baby is with you.

Make it a habit to open the back door every time you park. To enforce this habit, place an item in the back seat (employee badge, laptop, phone, handbag, etc.) that you can not start your day without.

Ask your child care provider to call you immediately if your child does not arrive on schedule.

Clearly announce and confirm who is taking each child out of the vehicle. Miscommunication can lead to the child being taken out of the car by someone else.

Parents should always communicate with each other and make sure that their child is not forgotten inside the vehicle with daycare facilities and dropped off at the appropriate place at the appropriate time.

Parents should always communicate with each other and ensure that their child is not forgotten inside the vehicle with daycare facilities and dropped off at the appropriate place at the appropriate time.
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Make sure no children get into the parked car

Always keep vehicles locked, especially in the garage or driveway. Ask your neighbors and visitors to do the same.

Do not make car keys available to children.

Use child proofing knob covers and door alarms to prevent children from leaving your home unnoticed.

Safety of children and cars suggests keeping car keys inaccessible to children who may be trapped in a dangerous vehicle.

Safety of children and cars suggests keeping car keys inaccessible to children who may be trapped in a dangerous vehicle.
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Teach children to ring the horn or turn on the hazard lights if they are stuck in a car.

If the child is missing, immediately inspect their interior, floorboards and trunk, even if all vehicles in the area are locked.

For more resources, including information on occupant detection technology, and tips on what to do if a child is trapped or if you see a child alone in a car, visit kidsandcars.org.