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Eugene Police Respond To 3 Incidents Of Kids Left In Hot Cars Wednesday

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Eugene Police responded to three incidents of infants or young children left alone in vehicles Wednesday, when the high in Eugene was 100.

Eugene Police say when the outside air temperature is 95, the inside of a car can reach 125 degrees in just 20 minutes. This can be deadly for children or pets. On Wednesday morning, a baby was left inside a vehicle with the windows up in the parking lot of a grocery story on Coburg Road. The mother came outside, saying she forgot the baby was in the car. Later in the afternoon, employees at Wal-Mart broke the window of a vehicle after seeing an infant inside who appeared to be sweating and in distress. The mother was charged with child neglect. Less than an hour later, a woman left young children in a car at the First Place Family Shelter. The kids were reported to be very hot and screaming. They were treated by an employee. Police are investigating. Police say parking in the shade or cracking the windows open will not keep it cool enough in the summer heat. They urge parents to never leave children alone in cars, regardless of the weather.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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