Baby Dies, Toddler Hospitalized After Being Left In Hot Cars

Mon, July 9, 2012 6:14pm EDT by 12 Comments
Baby Left In Car Dies

A baby is dead and a toddler was sent to the hospital after they were left inside two separate, but sweltering cars near Indianapolis on July 7. The temperature reached a record 105 degrees!

In the stifling heat wave that has affected much of the country, two neglectful adults caused the tragic death of one 3-month-old girl, and a heat-related seizure to another 16-month-old toddler. As temperatures in the Indianapolis area reached highs of more than 100 degrees, the insides of locked cars can be up to 20 degrees hotter than outside temps.

In Greenfield, Ind., the 3-month-old baby was found in a car around 3:30 in the afternoon. Police Chief John Jester said she was left in the car for an “extended period of time,” according to IndyStar.com.

The baby was brought to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The father, 18-year-old Joshua Stryzanski, was arrested for neglect and is being held in jail without bond.

In a similarly tragic incident, a 16-month-old girl was found locked inside an SUV in Fishers, a city northeast of Indianapolis. When police broke in to rescue the girl, the temperature in the car was reportedly 124 degrees. The toddler suffered a seizure and was in critical condition at the hospital. On July 8, she was upgraded to stable condition and was released with a grandparent.

The child’s mother, Meg Trueblood, 30, was shopping in a nearby clothing store for an hour, leaving her daughter in the sweltering car. Trueblood was also charged with felony neglect of a child, but has since been released on bond.

What do YOU think HollyMoms? Are these charges harsh enough for the crimes?

– Christina Stiehl

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