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Third child killed this month in a hot car

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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut police say the father of a 15-month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car drove his son to the hospital after finding the boy in the vehicle.
   
Ridgefield Capt. Jeff Kreitz  says the boy had been left inside the car Monday for an "extended period of time." He declined to provide further details and did not say whether criminal charges were being considered.
   
Authorities say the cause of death has yet to be determined. Police say Danbury Hospital staff reported the death.
   
The family, not publicly identified, lives in Ridgefield, a town on the New York state line. Temperatures approached 90 degrees in western Connecticut on Monday.

More than three dozen children die of hyperthermia in cars annually in the United States, and since 1998 more than 500 children have died in hot cars. Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees, and car interiors can reach well over 110 degrees even when the outside temperature is in the 60s.
    
Here are some tips from safety advocates on avoiding accidental deaths in hot cars:
    
- Never leave children alone in a vehicle to run even a short errand. Use drive-thru windows at banks, dry cleaners and restaurants whenever possible. Use a debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump.
    
- Put a purse, cellphone or other item you will need in the back seat of your car. This will ensure that you check the back seat before leaving the vehicle.
    
- Make a habit of opening the back door of your car and checking the back seat whenever you exit it.
    
- Keep a stuffed animal or toy in your child's unoccupied car seat. Put that item in the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a reminder that the child is in the back of the car.
    
- If a child is missing, immediately check the car, including the trunk.
    
- If you see a child alone in any vehicle for more than a few minutes, get the child out and call 911.
   


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