Parents of an infant were arrested this week after another hot car death claimed the life of a helpless child. A Statesville, North Carolina infant, only a month old, died in July after being left for approximately two hours in a vehicle parked at the infant’s home. Arrested Monday were the 4-week-old’s mother and father, who were charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse.
Sherrie Tiesha Clay and Shakee Duquan Robinson (mug shots seen here) were taken to the Iredell County Jail, where they are being held on a $200,000 bond.
According to the Huffington Post, the parents “allegedly arrived at their Statesville home on July 27 and let several children out of their car, but left the 4-week-old baby inside for about two hours. The victim's aunt found him and rushed him to the hospital, where he died. Investigators say the cause of death was hyperthermia.”
The couple's other children were placed into temporary custody as investigators look into the circumstances of their infant’s death. The aunt and Sherrie Clay took the baby to the hospital themselves, instead of calling for paramedics. The baby boy died the next day.
Police say Clay and Robinson came home “with the victim and other children (but) did not remove the infant from the vehicle (for) approximately two hours.”
The 4-week-old’s death is yet another loss of life punctuated by a summer where infant hot car deaths have been on the rise. Experts say that temperatures inside a vehicle in the sun can heat up to a deadly temperature in as little to 15 minutes.
Writes the HuffPost:
Every summer in the U.S., there is a staggering number of children who die after being left in hot cars. The public safety awareness website Kids and Cars reports that an average of 38 children die from heat-related deaths inside vehicles. At least 21 children have died from heatstroke this year alone, and that number is bound to grow as we continue to write similar stories at press time.
Just last week, a 3-year-old from California climbed into his parent’s unlocked car and died after becoming trapped.
The death in California follows the well-publicized incident of a Georgia man who was arrested for deliberately leaving his son inside of his vehicle to boil to death while he sat at work.