Under Kaitlyn’s Law It Is Illegal to Leave a Child Unattended in a Hot Car

While you may only be running into the store or house for a few minutes, always be sure to take your child with you. Even just a few minutes in a locked, hot car, can be deadly. In addition to putting a child’s life in danger, you could also be arrested for endangerment and cruelty in the state of California, under ‘Kaitlyn’s Law‘ (California V C Section 15620).

Just two weeks ago right here in Fresno, an 11-month old child died after being left in a car for more than an hour. The child was the first to die from vehicular heatstroke in California this year. However this type of tragic event still continues to happen far too often.

Kaitlyn’s law applies to all children under the age of six, however it’s recommended to take any child, regardless of the cut off age stated in the law, with you to the store or house or wherever you may be going. Depending on how hot of a day it is, it can take as few as 10 minutes for a car to become overwhelmingly hot. Even on days where it’s not that hot outside, it can still be dangerous. There have been multiple cases where children have died in a car when the ambient temperature was only 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Please remind friends and family about the dangers of leaving a young child unattended, in a sealed, hot car. The last thing anyone wants is an accidental death at the hands of a genuinely well-meaning, but irresponsible parent or guardian.



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