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Boy, 3, & Pet Dog Die Trapped In Hot Car While Mom Napped

Mon, July 7, 2014 6:07pm EDT by HL Intern 7 Comments
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Tragic news. Logan Cox, 3, died on July 6 — four days after he and his dog were accidentally trapped in the family car on the hottest day of the year. How awful.

Logan Cox, 3, had been missing for less than an hour before he was found locked inside a parked car in front of the family’s home on July 2 in South Carolina. He was airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina where he died four days later due to heatstroke on July 6, according to the Carolinas Medical Center. Somehow, the toddler wandered out of the family home and became trapped inside the vehicle with his pet dog while his mom was sleeping on the couch.

Boy, 3, & Dog Die After Being Accidentally Trapped In Hot Car While Mom Slept

This is a truly unfortunate accident.

Logan Cox and his canine companion died after being trapped inside a hot car while they were playing unsupervised. The 3-year-old’s mother was watching television with him, but accidentally fell asleep.

This is when Logan slipped out the front door of the house with the dog and somehow ended up inside the car.

Investigators with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office say the toddler left the home without his mother knowing it, got into the car with the family’s dog, and sadly got trapped inside.

“I know it was an accident,” Logan’s grandfather, Jimmy Clevinger, told the press after the little boy’s heartbreaking death. “My daughter was laying on the couch with him watching TV and my wife was in the bedroom.”

Logan’s mother believes she was asleep for about 30 minutes when she woke up and ran outside to find her son. He was slumped over inside the brutally hot car with the doors closed and the windows up. Sadly, the dog was also trapped inside the car and had already died by the time Logan’s mother discovered them.

After he was found, Logan was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. where he died four days later. So sad.

2014’s Drastically High Number Of Child Deaths In Hot Cars

Although the summer of 2014 has just started, at least 13 children have died from heat stroke from being left in or climbing in vehicles and getting trapped, according to, a nonprofit child-safety organization that monitors news sites and police reports involving children and vehicle accidents.

Most notably is Cooper Harris, 22 months old, whose father, Justin Ross Harris, 33, has been charged with second-degree child cruelty and felony murder. Justin’s wife Leanna Harris, 30, is also now being investigated in their son’s tragic death.

— Brittany King

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