A 3-year-old toddler in South Carolina dies in a hot car. Logan Cox, of Buford, S.C., died Sunday of heatstroke, according to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. The toddler had been missing for less than an hour Wednesday before he was found in a parked car in front of the family’s home. Amber Bender, his mother, had fallen asleep while watching her son.
“I know it was an accident,” said Logan’s grandfather, Jimmy Clevinger, told USA Today “My daughter was laying on the couch with him watching TV and my wife was in the bedroom.”
The toddler dies in a hot car incident is tragic. Lancaster County Sheriff’s investigators said Logan went outside without his mother knowing it, got into the car with the family’s dog and somehow got trapped inside.
The dog also succumbed to the heat, Clevenger said. Authorities have not said if any charges will be filed. Investigators say the toddler was missing for between 30 minutes to an hour before his mother found him in the car.
“He knows how to unlock these cars ’cause he’ll sit and play; he’s watched when they hit the button for the locks,” his grandfather said. “He had got out of the house, got in the car. It was so hot in there and it overtook him.”
Last week, Clevinger said Logan hadn’t been in the hot car for long when the family found him.
“Anywhere from 15, 15 to 20 minutes, if that,” Clevinger said.
Logan was airlifted to the hospital after he was taken out of the car. Family members said Friday that he was expected to be released Monday. In Florida, 4-month-old Briell Graver survived nearly 3 1/2 hours in a hot van when her mother forgot to bring her inside; she went home from the hospital Sunday.
For the 19th time this year, a young child has died after getting trapped in a hot car, police say.
The toddler dies in a hot car story is very sad and appears to be a growing concern with other cases. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office had no comment Sunday night. The sheriff’s department and social services still are investigating.