With Record-Breaking Heat Wave Stretching Across the Country, it’s Important to Protect Kids & Pets
This article was written by the accredited and degreed journalist, Veteran Investigative Reporter Kurt Dillon, and is comprised of information gleaned from press releases by the Roswell, Ga., Police Department, and Fox 5 Action News, Atlanta.
On Tuesday, June 14th, at around 1:00 PM EST, In Roswell, Georgia, a bedroom community of Atlanta, 27-year-old Eneilu Espinoza, was arrested and is now facing charges for first-degree cruelty to children and reckless conduct, in Fulton County.
According to a News Release from the Roswell Police Department, Espinoza left her 3-month-old and 5-year-old children unattended in her non-running vehicle with the windows rolled up while she shopped in the Roswell Dollar Tree store located at 608 Holcomb Bridge Rd..
“I was only going to be shopping for a few minutes,” was the statement she made to police at the time of her arrest.
A concerned passer-by noticed the children sitting in the vehicle and called 911. When police arrived on the scene, they found the children in the unlocked car. After making an announcement inside the store, Espinoza responded and identified herself. She was quickly arrested and charged.
According to the release by Roswell, P.D., both children were exhibiting early signs of heat-related illness at the time of their arrival. The 3-month-old was taken to an area hospital for possible dehydration and observation while the 5-year-old was released into the custody of his father who was not present at the time of the incident.
In an experiment to demonstrate the danger, Roswell PD conducted this experiment, where they parked one of their vehicles in a sunny area with the windows rolled up and monitored both the internal and external temperatures.
At the time of the incident, news reports for the area indicate that the outside temperate was 93 degrees, making the temperature inside a closed vehicle, sitting in exposed sunlight, approximately 58 degrees hotter, or around 151 degrees Fahrenheit.
After conducting their experiment, Roswell P.D. issued this plea to citizens:
The Roswell Police Department would like to remind the public that in the current climate, minutes can be deadly. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in very quickly in these temperatures in an outside environment, let alone inside of a sealed car.
As a quick demonstration, this afternoon we partnered with the Roswell Fire Department, parking a vehicle out in the sun and taking both internal and external temperatures. The interior temperature of the vehicle quickly climbed to nearly 60° higher than the exterior. Would you want to be inside a 160° car, even for a few minutes?
Reported by Investigative Reporter Kurt Dillon – Because the Truth Matters!