This is simply awful.
A 3-year-old boy in Houston died on Thursday afternoon after he was trapped inside a car in 100├é┬░F heat, and went into cardiac arrest.
Evan Trapolino had gone into a car on his street in the Texas city searching for a toy, and after entering through the front passenger door, the toddler climbed into the back seat to recover it.
From there, child-proof locks on the car doors left him unable to get out, and the young boy was apparently unable to climb back into the front seat.
Very quickly afterwards, the day’s temperatures took hold in the hot car, and the boy went into cardiac arrest.
Family members who had been frantically searching for him found Trapolino roughly 30-45 minutes after they had seen him last, but by then, he was unconscious.
An ambulance was called as family and then paramedics performed CPR, but the boy was pronounced dead late Thursday afternoon at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, according to the Houston Fire Department.
Police and Child Protective Services are investigating the incident, but law enforcement officials thus far have indicated this appears to be a very, very unfortunate accident.
Our thoughts are with Evan’s family and loved ones at this unimaginably difficult time.
Stay safe in the heat, everybody.
[Image via NBC.]