LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Two kids left in hot cars in just two days in southwest Florida. Deputies were able to rescue one infant in time, sadly, another baby in Cape Coral died.
In less than five minutes, in the heat of the day, it can get to be more than 140° in a car. It's why you should never leave pets, older adults or children alone, even for a few minutes, because those precious moments can end in tragedy.
It's something that can happen in an instant.
"Its an accident in most cases but it is preventable, thats the key," said Erin Gillespie, spokeswoman, Department of Children & Families.
On Sunday, a 1-year-old Cape Coral child died after being accidentally left inside a hot car. Temperatures that day had heat indexes near 105°. In the last decade in Lee County, five children have died from being left in cars, two of them in the last year.
"Children cannot process the heat the same way. It only takes a few minutes really, the heat can be fatal to a young child," said Gillespie.
Psychologist Keegan Culver said this day in age, things can distract us from what matters. It's why she suggests to unplug every now and then.
"Really there is no need to be split in 10 different directions. Our brains really cant handle that," said Culver.
Florida is second, only to the state of Texas, in the number of children who die as a result of being left in a hot car.
To give you an idea of just how hot it can get inside a car, even late at night, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, a thermometer inside a WINK News car read that it was 80° inside the car. All the windows in the car were up, the car was turned off and there were no cracks for outside air to get in. At 7 p.m., the thermometer read that it got to be about 106°in just a mere 15 minutes.
"Never leave your child unattended in a car and to really check and make sure that the child hasn't gotten in while they were playing or that you forget the child is there," said Gillespie.
In Florida, it's illegal to leave a child under the age of six unattended or unsupervised in a car for more than 15 minutes. The Department of Children and Families suggests never leaving kids, pets or vunerable adults unattended in hot cars, even for a few minutes.