911 call captures grandmother's screams after hot car death

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by Kevin Reece / 11 News

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 26 at 12:53 PM

HOUSTON -- If you thought someone couldn't possibly leave a child in a car by mistake on a hot Houston summer day, the distraught screams of a grandmother in the background of a 911 call in Webster might tell you otherwise.

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911 call captures grandmother's screams after hot car death
August 18, 2008

"There's a babythe lady we work with, I don't know. Her baby's in there. Her grand....car...I don't think she knew about it. And he's not reacting," said the caller on the line to 911.

The grandmother had gone to work in Webster and in the backseat. A co-worker called 911 when the child was found 10 hours later.

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"Ok, where's the baby at?" said the 911 operator.

"In the car. I don't know if she knew the baby was in there. I don't know why the baby's in there," said the caller. "It's in the car. In the backseat."

The same situation happened again to the very next day. This time the child was left by his mom in the parking lot of a northwest Houston hospital.

But sadly, these two hot car incidents aren't the only ones. It happens nearly 40 times a year in this country. There have been 26 child deaths this year alone.

These mistakes are deadly, and prosecutors sometimes punish the people involved with charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Local prosecutors are looking at the evidence of these two deaths, and listening to these tapes to determine if these women have already suffered enough.

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