Leaving your child in a hot car is something most parents say they would never do. But a woman in Lexington said it can happen to anyone – something she knows all too well.
Conni Lowe said she never met her granddaughter.
“She would be laughing and giggling and talking and running. Like little kids are supposed to do that are three and a half. That's hard,” Lowe said.
Lowe said her granddaughter, 5-month-old Holland Judy, was left in a car by the infant’s mother in June of 2010. Just a little over an hour later, Lowe said the mother called 911, but it was too late. She said Holland died June 20, 2010 on Father’s Day.
Now Lowe has partnered with Kids and Cars, an organization working to prevent children from having heatstroke in vehicles.
“People who are considered excellent mothers or mothers who say that could never for get their child, that could never happen to me... And it's happened,” Lowe said.
A study by San Francisco State Unversity said there have been 21 heatstroke deaths from children left in cars in 2013. In 2012, there were 33 total. And since 1998, 582 children have died from heatstroke in a vehicle.
For more information on safety tips and practices, Lowe said to visit www.KidsAndCars.org.