Persons Responsible for
Heatstroke Deaths of Children
Forgotten in Vehicles
Jan Null, CCM
San Jose State university

 

In the period of 1998 through 2018, a total of 636 infants and children died of heatstroke inside hot motor vehicles.   Just over half (338, 53%) of these were accidently forgotten by a parent or other caregiver.  Of these deaths, the respective number of deaths in which the mother or father were the responsible party were 98 and 115.  Of all the responsible persons, 149 were males and was 140 were female.

Relation to Child Forgotten % of total
Mother 98 29%
Father 115 34%
Both Parents 35 10%
 
Grandmother 14 4%
Grandfather 10 3%
Both Grandparents 1 <1%
 
Other Female relative 8 2%
Other Male relative 5 1%
 
Female Childcare 18 5%
Male Childcare 17 5%
Unknown Childcare 1 <1%
 
Other Female 2 1%
Other Male 2 1%
Unknown 12 4%
Total 338


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