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Toddler dies in hot car; doctor discusses safety

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"The child was wandering around and got in the car and was playing and locked himself in," Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict says three-year-old cameron shaw died from the heat inside his family's car. The coroner believes the boy was in there for more than an hour. "Though the investigation which is still pending it looks how he may have been left in there longer than what she is saying - the mom."  Benedict says the child's mother is not sure how long cameron was inside the car before police responded.

The boy was taken to Stone County Hospital in Wiggins, where his body temperature was at least 110 degrees. Benedict says it could have been higher. The thermometer only goes up to 110 degrees.  "They packed him in ice and things like that and got it down to 109.9 where they could start reading it." 

After three hours in ice, the boy's temp was only at 98.4 degrees. Benedict tells News Channel 12 it should have been in the 80's. "He never had a pulse, they were doing everything they could to revive him, that's why we think he was there longer than an hour," says Benedict.


According to the coroner around 2:30p.m. on September 5th is when police responded to the call. The temperature peaked at 92 degrees that day. Sunday at 2:30p.m. the WJTV weather app says it's 93 degrees outside. The thermometer inside our news car shows it's actually higher than 120 degrees inside.

Dr. S. Gail martin, who's the director of the MEA clinic in madison says it takes only five minutes inside a hot car before a child can start cramping or even faint. "Ten to 15 minutes it can be a pretty deadly situation Martin.

Parents, Dr. Martin says as a reminder, put your cell phone, purse or briefcase in your back seat to prompt you to look back there so you don't leave precious cargo behind in the heat. "Even a coma and death, cardiac arrest, many different different happen to a small child," says Martin.

Cameron Shaw's death was ruled as an accident by Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee. But investigators are trying to determine whether or not to bring charges to the mother. Investigators are waiting on the results of the mother's drug test to determine if charges should be filed.


A three-year-old dies from the heat of a hot car.   It happened Thursday outside the family's home on Highway 49 near the border of Forrest and Stone counties.

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