Child Overheats in Closed Vehicle, Dies

With the national preoccupation with the Covid-19 pandemic still underway, it’s easy to forget about the veritable galaxy of other hazards to our health and well-being which have always been and remain all around us. During the late afternoon of Friday, April 24th, the parents of a 4-year-old boy called 911 to report that their small son had snuck out of the house, entered the family’s vehicle without anyone’s notice and quickly overheated in the 12800 block of Mimosa Spring Drive in Tomball. Responding Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s deputies found the child to be unconscious and he was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. However, sadly, he died shortly after arrival. Investigation of the tragedy continues, and although the initial reports left important questions unanswered, no criminal charges are presently anticipated.

As April ends, close on its heels will come Houston’s typical broiling summer weather. Closed vehicles and radiant heat are a lethal combination. So, once again, please be vigilant and never, ever leave small children, pets, the elderly or others with insufficient or compromised physical abilities, mobility or judgment alone in a closed vehicle. Even with cracked windows , a vehicle sitting in the sun can quickly generate interior temperatures in excess of 150 degrees, more than enough heat to quickly compromise the safety of anyone trapped inside.