Extreme Heat Threatens Children, Pets
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — The death of an eight-month-old boy in Columbia has shed new light on the dangers of extreme heat and what can happen if the elderly, children and pets are left alone in vehicles. Weather forecasters say the heat index can reach triple digits, causing unbearable conditions. Such was the case for a Columbia baby, Jayden Davis, who died from heat stroke. Authorities say the boy’s father left the baby in a closed vehicle in the parking lot of his apartment complex for several hours Sunday. Lexington pediatrician, Dr. Dwight Reynolds, says there is no way the baby, the elderly or pets could survive in such circumstances. Robyn Madden, spokesperson for kidsandcars.org, a child safety advocacy group offers suggestions for protecting all precious cargo in this heat. To view entire story, click on the video player icon.