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As heat rises, more cases seen of children left in cars

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Scene where baby died in Georgia after father forget and left son in vehicle Scene where baby died in Georgia after father forget and left son in vehicle
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

In our harried, go-go distracted world, busy parents can do the seemingly unthinkable: forget they have a child in their back seat.

And as temperatures rise, this can have fatal consequences.

In 2012, a Lee's Summit school teacher accidentally killed her 13-month-old son when she forgot to drop him off at daycare and left him in her vehicle while at work. Prosecutors did not charge her with anything.

A Georgia father is being held on a murder charge after he this week left his 22-month-old son in his vehicle while he was at worker. He said he forgot to drop his son off at daycare on his way to work. The father was overheard to be crying out, "What have I done, what have I done?"

The Georgia boy was the second one to die this week after being left in a hot car. A 9-month-old baby died this week after her father left her in his truck after forgetting to drop her off at her grandmother's home before going to work.

"She's been in the hot car for hours and I absolutely forgot about her," the father told a 911 dispatcher. "She's not alive."

In 2013, 44 children died after being left in hot cars. So far this year, 13 have died. About half of the deaths annually occur when a parent accidentally leaves a child in a vehicle. Nearly a third occur when a child accidentally gets into a vehicle on their own and become stuck inside.

It only takes minutes for a child to overheat in a vehicle, said Phyllis Larimore, who is a car seat expert at Children's Mercy Hospital. The temperature can soar to

"Their body heat will increase five times that of an adult and they can easily reach dangerous internal temperatures of 104 degrees," she said.

Most of the babies forgotten are a year or younger. It's often because they are babies who are sitting facing backwards in their car seats. The babies often fall asleep and aren't making a noise to alert a parent.

Experts say the best thing to do is leave something else in your back seat beside your child such as a phone, computer or wallet to ensure you don't absently mindedly forget your child. Also have your daycare call you if you don't show up on time and hadn't mentioned in advance the child skipping daycare.

You can also get a sticker that reminds you to check on the whereabouts of your baby.

And one final bit of advice. Experts say at this time of the year to be nosey. Look in people's cars when you park. If you see a child unattended, call 911 immediately.

Kids and Cars is a group that works to prevent these type of deaths. Click here for more.

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