A seven-month-old child died after being left in a hot car at Marshall Space Flight Center at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Officials are investigating. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Redstone Arsenal officials are conducting the investigation.
The parent was going to drop the child off at the daycare center on base before they headed to work, but apparently forgot and just went straight to work. The child was found dead at 4:42 p.m. that day. Temperatures had been up into the 90s that day, which means the temperature in the car likely soared to between 120 and 140 within an a couple of hours.
The names are being withheld out of respect for the family.
Garrison Commander, Col. Tom Holliday, said:
“This is a tragic situation for all of Team Redstone. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and offer them all of our resources during this most difficult time.”
Marshall Director Todd May said:
“This is a tragic situation and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family. The Marshall community is a family and I know this team will pull together to support one another in this difficult time.”
NASA spokeswoman, Jennifer Stanfield, said:
“Early reports indicate that the parent intended to drop the child off at the childcare center and instead went straight to work. Names are being withheld out of respect for the family and pending all appropriate family notifications.”
The parent in question is a NASA employee. We don’t know yet if charges have been filed.
— Courtney Crown (@CourtCrownWHNT) September 22, 2016
Marshall is one of NASA’s biggest centers with 6,000 civilian employees. They have an annual budget of $2.5 billion.
The Washington Post reported that 682 children have died in hot cars since 1998. The problem is not getting any better. Half of these children were less than two years of age. This year, 21 children have died in hot cars. Some of them even suffered burns because the car was so hot.
I just wonder how this keeps happening.How can you forget that the kid is back there?
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