Mississippi child dies in hot car during game of hide-and-seek

A game of hide-and-seek turned deadly over this past weekend for a Mississippi child.

WCBI-TV reported on Monday (July 1) that a two-year-old died on Saturday on the Crystal Ridge Reservation in southern Winston County after hiding and becoming locked in a hot car.

Initial reports indicate that the child was playing hide-and-seek with other children from the home.

The child entered a parked car but was then unable to get back out.

The mother found the child unresponsive and called emergency services who attempted to revive the child.

Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory pronounced the child dead around 2:00 p.m.

The high temperature reached 94 degrees in the Louisville area of Winston County Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. However, the temperature inside the car was estimated to be well over 100 degrees.

Officials say Coroner Harold Comby of the reservation is treating the death as an accident and has ruled the cause of death to be heat-related, while an investigation continues.

This child death in a hot vehicle is the 16th to occur so far this year and or since May 10.

An average of 37 children die each year after being left or becoming locked in hot vehicles, according to Golden Gate Weather Services.