Authorities said two young children in Alabama died after getting into a car outside their home and being held in it for more than an hour.
Shelby County Commander Lena Evans said the boys, ages 3 to 1, apparently got out of their Montevallo home and got in the car. Evans said the boys’ parents were not aware that the children had left the house and described the accident as “unfortunately just a tragic accident.”
According to Evans, the boys got into the car shortly after 1 pm, when temperatures in the region exceeded 90 degrees. Family members searched for the children and eventually found them unresponsive in the car around 3:30 p.m. The deaths of both boys were later announced at the district hospital.
Evans said autopsies would be conducted.
It was the second time this week that children had died in Alabama after being discovered in a hot car, and the death of 3-year-old Bentley Fowler was announced in Hodges after being found in a car. At the time, Fowler was the 15th child to die in hot cars in the United States this year.