5 convictions of cases since 2005 involving child heatstroke

Staff Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Of the heatstroke deaths involving 11 kids after they were left alone in hot vehicles, five of the cases resulted in convictions in the past decade.

A review of fully adjudicated cases in the state published by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1NQ2omu ) found that since 2005, there have been five convictions — four on misdemeanor charges and one on a felony charge of negligent homicide.

In the negligent homicide case, the parents were given suspended sentences of one year in jail. One of the misdemeanor convictions involved the 2009 deaths of two children, who were found unconscious in a car trunk in Springdale.

No charges were filed in four of the cases.

At least 16 children have died nationwide of heatstroke in 2015 after being left in vehicles.

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