Two young brothers, aged 3 and 1, died after they alone got into a hot car outside their Montevallo, Alabama residence.
Judge Lena Evans said Shelby County authorities responded to a call from the boys’ parents around 3:30 p.m. Local time. Once the authorities arrived, the parents said they believed the boys were playing in their rooms, but discovered that they were unresponsive in the car.
The two boys were reportedly transferred to the Shelby Baptist Medical Center where they were later announced to be dead.
Evans said the children got into the car after 1 p.m. And it was discovered more than two hours later. According to AL.com, temperatures were in the 90’s in Montevalo on Saturday.
A complete autopsy is expected to be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
The Shelby County Police Office is still investigating the matter, but Evans is reported to have said it appeared “merely a tragic accident”.
The tragedy now represents the death of the sixteenth and seventeenth children in a hot car in the United States this year.
The latest accident occurred in Alabama, where a 3-year-old Bentley Fowler was found dead in a car in Hodges town.
On average, 26 percent of hot-car fatalities in the U.S. are caused by children entering vehicles on their own and not being able to get out, KidsandCars.org reports.
To avoid hot car deaths, KidsandCars.org recommends that parents keep their cars locked at all times, leave car keys out of children’s reach, and teach children to horn their car if they get stuck inside the car.