3-Year-Old Baby Boy From Florida Dies After Being Left In Hot Car

3-Year-Old Baby Boy From Florida Dies After Being Left In Hot Car

The baby's death was determined to be accidental and the cause was hyperthermia, or overheating.

A 3-year-old boy was found unresponsive at 3:45 p.m. in his parents' car outside the Lubavitch Education Center in Miami Gardens on Monday afternoon. The toddler was left in the vehicle outside a Jewish school in the Miami Gardens neighborhood where his parents are both teachers, according to Miami ABC affiliate WPLG. Medics arrived on the scene and despite performing CPR, the toddler would later die at Jackson North Medical Center. The victim was identified as Sholom Tauber. The baby's death was determined to be accidental by Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office and the cause was hyperthermia or overheating.



The school’s dean released a statement on Monday which read in part, “We are beyond devastated that we experienced an accident on campus involving a private vehicle, which resulted in the untimely passing of the 3-year-old son of two staff members. This tragedy hits close to home, and many in our school community have been affected by it. No words can capture the heartbreak and sadness we feel.” The toddler was believed to have been in the car for as long as six hours, the Miami Herald reported. The temperature in Miami reached 93 degrees that day.  The heat index was about 101 degrees. A source said the child's father rushed to the vehicle around 3 pm when someone at school mentioned that they hadn’t seen his child all day. Sadly, he turned up too late. Several of the family's children attended the school where the parents worked. There were no immediate arrests in connection with the child's death so far. Detectives are currently investigating the boy's death and are also seeking a warrant to access surveillance video from the school or any surrounding buildings that might help understand what exactly happened. 



At least 38 children die on average every year after being in a hot car and around 87 percent of them are babies under the age of three. The nonprofit Kids and Cars Safety determined that Tauber's case is the 11th fatality this year and the second in July. PEOPLE reports that it is illegal to leave a child under 6 years of age "unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle," according to a Florida statute. Those who leave their children behind could face a third-degree felony if the child suffers "great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement" after being left alone in a vehicle. The state is responsible for the second-most child hot car deaths between 1990 and 2021 with 107 fatalities. Since 1990, more than 1,000 children have died after being left in a hot car. 

Cover Image Source: Getty Images | 	Karl Tapales
Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Karl Tapales

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