Sebring Toddler Died in Car Due to Heatstroke, Father is Charged

A Sebring father has been charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and Child Neglect resulting in Great Bodily Harm after the body of his 2-year-old daughter was found inside a car parked outside their home on Sept. 7 during the afternoon. An autopsy showed that the little girl died of heatstroke, WTSP channel 10 News reported. The father is being held without bond.

Between 1990 and 2010, 606 children died of heatstroke nationwide after being left in cars. Sixty of those were in Florida, according to KidsAndCars.org, is a national nonprofit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles. An average of 38 children die in hot cars from heatstroke every year. The organization has found that even loving and excellent parents can sometimes forget a sleeping baby in a car, with tragic results.

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