Parents arrested after toddler son is
found dead in hot car on 90-degree day
#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters #HeatStrokeKills #LookBeforeYouLock #PassTheHotCarsAct
An Alabama couple is facing criminal charges for the death of their toddler son, who police said was found dead Sunday in a hot car.
The toddler was found unresponsive on the spot
Officers were sent to Hodges around 4:00 pm. against the background of reports of a three-year-old child with no answer in the car. Franklin County Police said in a statement that an ambulance attempted to resuscitate the boy, but he was pronounced dead on the spot.
The boy’s parents, 20-year-old Dakota Fowler and 21-year-old Brandy Burks, reportedly said they last saw their baby at midnight as they put him to bed. When they woke up at 3:00 pm, they couldn’t find their son and found him in the car, police said.
Investigators identified the deceased child as Bentley Fowler.
Autopsy reports revealed that the toddler died due to heatstroke
On Sunday the temperature in Hodges reached 93 degrees. Although Fowler and Burks were arrested and charged with manslaughter, Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver called their son’s death an accident.
The baby’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy. Records show Fowler and Burks remain in prison.
According to No Heatstroke, Bentley Fowler became the 15th Child to die in a hot car this year. In 2019, 52 children died from car heatstroke.
Every Child Deserves Good, Loving Parents.
I Have An Update From KidsandCars.org
Unfortunately, there have been 15 hot car deaths this year in the U.S. Not surprisingly, given the pandemic and children being home more frequently, the percentage of children that gained access to a vehicle on their own is nearly double the average this year (47% this year vs 26% on average).
Today, Thursday, August 13th KidsAndCars.org is joining the National Highway Safety Administration and is hosting a Tweet-up to raise awareness about preventing hot car deaths. Please join us in posting throughout the day using the hashtags #heatstrokekills, #lookbeforeyoulock and #passtheHotCarsAct