THP: Never leave child alone in a vehicle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is cautioning parents to never leave a child unattended in a car.

With temperatures reaching the 90s this week, THP Colonel Tracy Trott said heat can build to intolerable levels inside a vehicle in a few minutes.

There were 32 children who died in hot cars last year nationwide. Five of those deaths occurred in Tennessee.

Last June, 5-year-old Leland Bates and his 3-year-old brother, River Bates, died in Cleveland. The younger child's core body temperature was measured at 109 degrees. Their mother, Tasha Bates, was criminally charged.

The THP recommends placing a cellphone, purse or other valuable on the back seat floor in front of a child in a restraint seat. When the driver retrieves the item, the child's presence will be obvious.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2015 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 211348041 - local8now.com/a?a=211348041
Gray Television, Inc.