3-year-old dies after getting trapped in hot car

Authorities were responding to the scene where a young boy was trapped in a hot vehicle in Sylmar on July 30, 2014. He later died. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities were responding to the scene where a young boy was trapped in a hot vehicle in Sylmar on July 30, 2014. He later died. (Credit: KTLA)

SYLMAR, California (KTLA) — A 3-year-old boy who climbed into a hot car and could not escape was transported to the hospital in grave condition and later died, authorities said Wednesday.

The child was found in cardiac arrest inside a locked car when firefighters arrived at the 14400 block of Foothill Boulevard (map), according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The child was transported to a hospital in grave condition, Main said.

He was not breathing when first responders arrived after being called to the scene about 3:30 p.m., according to Officer Bruce Borihanh with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

The boy had been playing outside when he climbed into a car and could not get out, according to LAPD Sgt. S. Carlsen. The child has died, Carlsen said.

The situation appeared to be a “tragic accident,” he said.

The child, his parents and a 14-year-old brother had all taken midday naps about 12:30 p.m., LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said.

While the others were asleep, the younger boy wandered outside and climbed into a black Toyota sedan on the family’s property, according to Vernon.

He was found unresponsive by his father, who took him inside, administered CPR and then call 911 when the boy could not be revived, Vernon said.

The forecasted high temperature for Sylmar was 96 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple officers were at the scene, a residential home on a large lot, aerial video showed.

Two black vehicles were in front of the home and were cordoned off with yellow police tape: the Toyota sedan and Toyota pickup truck.

A stroller stood by the walkway to the home.

Police remained at the scene where the boy was found in cardiac arrest. (Credit: KTLA)

Police remained at the scene where the boy was found in cardiac arrest. (Credit: KTLA)

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra Tijerino contributed to this article.

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16 comments

  • Lisa Eaklor

    so was the kid outside playing or did the kid wander outside while everyone was sleeping? Your story says both.

    “The boy had been playing outside when he climbed into a car and could not get out, according to LAPD Sgt. S. Carlsen. The child has died, Carlsen said.”

    “The child, his parents and a 14-year-old brother had all taken midday naps about 12:30 p.m., LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said.
    While the others were asleep, the younger boy wandered outside and climbed into a black Toyota sedan on the family’s property, according to Vernon.”

    • That German Girl

      The child wandered outside to play while the parents and sibling were taking a nap. While he was outside playing, he climbed into the sedan in which he became trapped.

      • Zenechai

        I find something about this story suspicious. How does a three-year-old open and close the door to an SUV by himself? He’s not tall enough or strong enough. I can understand how he might have locked the doors accidentally if he was in the car already, but this…

        It just doesn’t add up.

  • BLW

    Why wouldnt someone had been up with the child. Everyone was sleeping at the same time and no one heard anything when the child was awake.

    • That German Girl

      Evidently you have no children of your own. Sometimes children wake up first, before everyone else does. This was a tragic accident.

      • Anjelica

        Does that mean you don’t lock the doors to your home or car? Does that mean you don’t have the sense to know what your three year old is capable of? Sorry, your children just don’t “wander off” without your knowing. What kind of justification is that?

    • Joseph Leon Headrick

      My 20 month old can open any door in the house and all our car doors, so it can be done, things happen and I hope and prey the best for all involved.

      • Duhnigreus

        Leon Headrock, Your 20-month old kid is indeed a prodigy if “he can open any door in the house and all [your] car doors.” Btw, You shouldn’t “prey”, because that would make you a predator. Try praying, instead.

    • Michael Welch

      I agree somthing does not add up he got in but not out and the whole family slept for how long all at the same time then the father just went outside and found the child then brought him back inside to start CPR you dont waite you start CPR on site you dont move the person first just does not add up

    • Goldengirl

      3 year olds are very capable of opening doors. It really isn’t that hard to open a car door. They also wander off, sadly, and know how to quietly move about the house. Don’t judge the parents unless you know their entire story. I’m sure they are beating themselves up badly enough, if what they say happened is what really happened.


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