HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In the United States, an average of 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths.
On Monday, a local woman's frantic call to Cabell 911 drove home the point that heat is a real concern.
"Help, I don't know what happened, but he's locked in the car," the panicked mom said. "He's only 20 months, and it's so hot in there, I don't know what to do? How did that happen?"
West Virginia State Police Trooper R. Blankenship responded to the call, along with Cabell County Emergency Medical Services.
"She panicked, she was really worried," Blakenship said. "Within 20 minutes, her child's temperature spiked four degrees. He was transported to the hospital and released."
There is a website that shows the faces of children who die each year trapped in a hot car -- accidents that have destroyed families and lives.
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