Toddler Left in Hot Car Expected to Recover, Utah Police Say

July 1, 2016 Updated: July 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY  — Police say a 1 1/2-year-old boy left in a hot car in Utah is expected to recover.

Unified Police Department Lt. Lex Bell says the boy was found in Herriman Sunday and flown to the hospital in critical condition. He says the boy has been upgraded to fair condition.

Bell says boy’s mother became sick and drove home, but forgot the child was in the car and went inside. He says father came home about 2 1/2 hours later and found the boy in the car with the windows up.

Paramedics say the boy’s temperature was 105 degrees and his breathing was shallow. Bell says it was 154 degrees in the car.

Police have not identified the people involved. Bell says police don’t expect charges to be filed.

“This car was 154 degrees inside, a few minutes after paramedics had opened the door and were doing their work on the child. So, probably was even higher than that,” Lt. Bell told FOX13.

He said it’s a reminder for parents to remain vigilant. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to think about, not even for a few minutes can you leave your child in the car unattended,” he said. This goes for pets as well.

Epoch Times contributed to this report, adding quotes.

RECOMMENDED