A five-year-old boy died this Monday in Houston, Texas, in a car after being forgotten by his mother, who was preparing at home for her eight-year-old daughter’s birthday..
The woman and her two children came from shopping for the party. Both mother and daughter rushed into the house and left the five-year-old brother, strapped in his seat, according to Ed Gonzalez, the Harris County Sheriff.
The mother realized the forgetfulness after “two to three hours”, when temperatures in Houston hovered around 100 degrees, records show.
When the emergency services arrived, the boy was already unconscious. Despite their efforts, they were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although the boy knew how to unbuckle his seat belt, investigators believe he was unfamiliar with the vehicle because it was a rental car.
“This time the boy did not make it out. The door did not have any type of child safety lock activated or anything like that, “González told local channel KTRK.
The sheriff’s office has not yet said whether the mother will face charges in her son’s death.