Houston Boy Dies From Heat After Being Left in Day Care Bus
A 3-year-old boy has died after apparently being left in a day care bus in northwest Houston Friday afternoon. It was estimated that the child had been left on the bus for over 3.5 hours in the extreme afternoon heat.
According to a Facebook Post on the Precinct One Constable's Office, twenty-eight students from 'Discovering Me Academy' had gone on a field trip to Doss Park before returning around 2:30 p.m. to the day care located in the 8000 block of Antoine. According to the report, the boy's father arrived to pick up his son around 6:30 p.m., that's when the grim oversight was discovered.
The temperature inside the bus was measured after the arrival of deputies with the Precinct One Constable's Office. It was found to be 113 degrees at the time. Deputies are interviewing the driver of the bus and a chaperone who were on the field trip.
“It’s just tragic,” said Constable Alan Rosen.
He goes on to remind motorists to consider this case a tragic reminder of the potential danger inherent with summer weather in the Houston-area and implores parents and caregivers to remember to take a look around their vehicle before leaving it. Rosen suggests placing your wallet, purse or cell phone near the child so you don’t forget either inside once you reach your destination.
The case will be investigated by the Houston Police Department. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to file criminal charges in this case.