Burbank Police Department press release issued Saturday evening concerning the heat related death of a child Friday.
"After a thorough investigation by the Burbank Police Department and conferring with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, it has been determined no charges will be filed against the parents of the young toddler discovered deceased in the family vehicle on August 30th, 2013. This determination is based on a review of the State Statute, facts of the case, and the findings of the Medical Examiner, as the parentsshowed no intent or had any knowledge the child was left within the vehicle. While this is a most tragic circumstance, the family now has to prepare for a funeral and endure the grieving process of the loss of their child.
In light of this terrible incident, the Burbank Police Department would like to remind peoplehow fast the heat can rise in a closed vehicle during high temperatures (as experienced during the afternoon hours of Friday). Based on the National Weather Service reports, the peaktemperature during this tragic event reached 95 degrees with a heat index of 100 degrees. In comparison; an online story published by the Weather Channel (2009), used a temperature of 90 degrees as an example of what occurs within a vehicle in a 90 minute time span. Within 10 minutes the inside temperature of a vehicle is at approx. 109 degrees and at 90 minutes, the temperature can reach approx. 138 degrees.
As the Medical Examiner stated, the child died as a result of Heat Stroke. As reported by Accuweather.com (July 2013), the clinical definition of heat stroke occurs when the body reaches 104 degrees. At 104 degrees, the body enters survival mode and stops perspiring. Only three degrees higher (107 degrees), the body’s cells start to die causing the internal organs to begin failing with death occurring soon after.
The Burbank Police Department extends their condolences to the family of this young childduring this most difficult time."