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July 1, 2013

Police: Hot cars can be deadly to children

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is reminding drivers not to leave children or pets inside cars on hot days for even short periods of times because it can cause serious harm or even death.

Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite says leaving children in hot cars is irresponsible, dangerous and against the law. A person can be arrested on a preliminary felony charge of neglect of a dependent if the investigating officer finds enough probable cause.

Police say even at 72 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour. Elevated temperatures inside a hot vehicle can cause the body temperature to rise. An elevated body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit can cause serious medical conditions.

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