Brianna JonesBrianna Jones

Brianna was only 7 months when she died from being left in a hot car for almost 5 hours. A friend of the family, doing a “favor” for the family, was supposed to bring Brianna to the daycare center after dropping her mother off at work. Brianna was never brought to day care. She would be forgotten. The woman would instead run other errands and leave Brianna in the back seat. The woman got back to a house in Sedona Ln. around 9am. It was not until about 1pm she would walk back outside and realize she had left Brianna buckled up in the back seat. Paramedics tried to revive Brianna but she died later at the hospital. No charges were filed in this case. Brianna You Will Never be Forgotten here. We will remember and share your story so others can learn and maybe save a child from having to suffer the way you did.

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When does heat stroke become critical?

 Body temperature around 41°C (measured in the rectum).

 You feel increasingly unwell, tired and dizzy, and your head may hurt and you may feel 'distant'.

 If your skin becomes flushed red and dry (i.e. perspiration is reduced or not functioning).

 You produce less urine, which is of a dark yellowish colour (which indicates a shortage of fluid).

 You become less alert, with a tendency to faint, and experience confusion, impairment or loss of consciousness and convulsions.

 At temperatures above 41°C the situation starts to be serious and at temperatures above 42°C cell damage to the brain, liver, kidneys and skeletal muscle often occurs as well as bleeding disorders.



7-month-old forgotten in car in Red Bird dies
AText Size By JON NIELSEN / The Dallas Morning News / The Dallas Morning News Tanya Eiserer contributed to this report.
Published 30 April 2010 02:29 AM
Related itemsA 7-month-old girl died Thursday after she was accidentally left in a hot car for more than four hours in the driveway of a Red Bird area home, police said.

The infant, whom the Dallas County medical examiner identified as Brianna Jones, was rushed by paramedics from the home in the 1900 block of Sedona Lane to Methodist Charlton Medical Center, where she later died.

  The death is thought to be the area's first of its kind this year. Two children died after being left in hot vehicles in North Texas in 2009. Four hours after the discovery of the infant Thursday, Dallas child abuse detectives and crime scene technicians were studying the backseat of the Pontiac sedan parked in the driveway. No arrests were made, and it's unknown if charges will be filed, said Dallas police Lt. Andrew Harvey.

"It's way too early to determine that now," he said. "The lady is distraught over the whole thing. It's a very unfortunate event."

Police said a family friend was supposed to take Brianna to a day care center after running errands Thursday morning. The woman returned home about 9 a.m. and parked in the driveway.

"She forgot to go to the day care and drove back to the house," said Harvey.

Nobody noticed until someone went back to the car about 1:30 p.m. and saw the baby in her car seat.

 At 9 a.m. the outside temperature was about 65 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. But the temperature rose throughout the morning, reaching 78 degrees about the time the girl was discovered.

A car exposed to direct sunlight for an hour can reach more than 120 degrees when the outside temperature is 80 degrees, according to meteorological studies.

"With these temperatures it's so dangerous," Harvey said. "And it's not even summer yet."

 Heatstroke occurs when a person's core body temperature reaches 104 degrees, said Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University. Core body temperatures reaching 107 degrees is considered lethal."That's when organs shut down," said Null, who studies child hyperthermia deaths.

Thursday's death is thought to be the nation's third such death of 2010, according to Null. There were 33 vehicular hyperthermia deaths nationally last year, he said.

"Very sadly, it is not an incredibly rare phenomenon," said Null.

Staff writer Tanya Eiserer contributed to this report.

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