Two rescues from hot cars in two days

Dillons KSN File Photo)

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Within two days, children were put at risk in two different parking lots in Garden City.

Walgreens employees said a mother was taken away by police Monday afternoon after she left a small child in the car.

The investigation revealed that the child was left in the vehicle with the auto start running and the air conditioner on, and the driver was unaware that the auto start only runs for 10 minutes before it shuts itself off.

The investigation also concluded that the child was left in the car approximately 15 minutes before officers’ arrival.

Margaritha Weibe-Peters of Sublette Kansas was arrested and lodged in the Finney County jail for allegations of Endangering a Child.

The 1-year-old child was taken into protective custody and later released to family members.

On Sunday, there was a similar situation.

A 6 month old was found left alone in a Dillon’s parking lot by a store employee after it had been alone for half an hour.

Family members of the child were located by officers inside the store.

The initial investigation has disclosed that the family forgot the child was in the vehicle and there was some confusion by family because their other children were left at the grandmother’s house, forgetting that the child was in the car.

The child was checked out by medical staff from the Finney County EMS and St Catherine’s Hospital and cleared of any
injuries or illness.

The baby was ok and was returned to its parents.

Temperatures inside of a parked car can turn deadly in just ten minutes, and a cracked window doesn’t cool down a car by much.

Kids’ body temperatures rise much faster than adults’, and they die when it hits 107 degrees.

For risks and tips on how to remember kids in the back seat, scroll down.


Tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • It takes 10 minutes for the temperature in a car to go up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cracking a window open and parking in the shade aren’t sufficient safeguards.
  • A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s. A child dies with a 107 degree body temperature.
  • Even if it’s in the 60s outside, your car can still heat up to well above 110 degrees.
  • It only takes a 57-degree outside temperature to cause heatstroke.
  • On an 80-degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly peaks in 10 minutes.

Extra tips to avoid accidental deaths in hot cars

  • Never leave children alone in a vehicle to run even a short errand. Use drive-thru windows at banks, dry cleaners and restaurants whenever possible. Use a debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump.
  • Put a purse, cellphone or other item you will need in the back seat of your car. This will ensure that you check the back seat before leaving the vehicle.
  • Make a habit of opening the back door of your car and checking the back seat whenever you exit it.
  • Keep a stuffed animal or toy in your child’s unoccupied car seat. Put that item in the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a reminder that the child is in the back of the car.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the car, including the trunk.
  • If you see a child alone in any vehicle for more than a few minutes, get the child out and call 911.

Child vehicular heat stoke summary
Heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles
Garden City police media release


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