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Police: 3 year old from Utah dies in hot car in Vegas

Jul 17, 2017, 11:05 AM

LAS VEGAS — The investigation continues Monday morning into a Utah toddler’s death. Police say he was left inside a hot car at a Las Vegas resort this weekend.

Police say 3-year-old Chase Lee, of Fillmore, was in the vehicle for more than an hour in triple-digit heat.

On Saturday, police were called to the Grandview on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Officials say the family of twelve came to the resort on vacation when the child went unaccounted for.

The boy was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Read more from News3LV.

The non-profit group kidsandcars.org reports more than 800 children have died as a result of heat stroke from being left in a hot car since 1990. Through June 14, 12 children died after being left in vehicles so far in 2017. Those numbers do not include this most recent case, or the deaths of two children in Texas and one child in St. George within the last month.
In Utah, 10 children died from heat stroke after being left in cars in 2013.
Kidsandcars.org also recommends that parents always look at their back seat whenever they get out of the car. To get in that habit, the group recommends parents leave a purse or briefcase in the back seat that they need to retrieve whenever they get to work or out of the car. The website Parents Central even recommends keeping a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.A car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees in 10 minutes, according to the group.

“Even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees,” the website states. “A child dies when his/her body temperature reaches 107 degrees.”

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