CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A child died after being found inside a hot car in Cullman Sunday afternoon.
According to Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick, the child was located inside the vehicle before being taken to the Cullman Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. They were later identified as 3-year-old Jonathan Milam.
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident. Sheriff Matt Gentry released a brief statement calling it a “tragic accident.”
The National Weather Service said this is the first child to die in a hot car in Alabama this year.
The nonprofit KidsandCars.org said Milam is the 16 child nationwide to die because of the heat in a car.
With temperatures in the nineties and a feels like temperature in the 100s, that’s when Chief Meteorologist Ashley Gann said the heat can be most dangerous. She said weather-related fatalities are most commonly linked to the extreme heat.
“The problem with heat exhaustion and heat stroke is it can happen slowly, but your body doesn’t feel it until it’s too late,” Gann said. “Once your body notices that it’s overheated and you need those fluids, you can become dehydrated very quickly.”
Gann said no matter how long you’ve lived in a certain climate, your body is always susceptible to heat dangers.
From noon until 6 p.m. is when we can see some of the highest temperatures of the day. It’s important to wear loose clothing and light colors while keeping water on hand to help prevent heat-related illnesses.
No other information has been released at this time regarding the circumstances of the toddler’s death. A GoFundMe has been set up for the child’s family.
His family declined our request for a comment.
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