Video depicts what happens when child is left in hot car

Disturbing reenactment making waves on social media


SAN ANTONIO – A simple PSA of a woman leaving her toddler in hot car left parent Joanie Davis in tears.

"I don't feel like a mother would intentionally leave her child to know that oversight could ultimately hurt your child," Davis said.

Davis is a mother to 11-month-old Davin. She said it was a struggle to have their only child, so seeing a re-enactment of someone make a bad decision was still very heartbreaking for her.

"As a mother, I don't know if I can imagine anything worse than someone pulling your lifeless child out of a car."

Her husband, David Davis, said "it is upsetting we're both teachers and so we understand the value of children."

Every 10 days, a child dies from vehicular heat stroke in the U.S. This year, in the U.S. alone, there have been at least 23 deaths of children unattended in vehicles.

In Texas, from 1998 to 2012, there have been 86 heat stroke deaths of children in vehicles. These statistics were provided by Jan Null, CCM, San Francisco State, University Dept. of Geosciences.

Health professionals say it can take as little as 15 minutes in an overheated car for a child to suffer life threatening brain or kidney injuries. After watching, the PSA, grandparent, Derek Thomas thought the parent wasn't thinking clearly.

"It made me think that the child was struggling a child should be at the top of your thinking process not the very bottom," Thomas said.

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