Lowcountry woman fighting to put an end to hot car deaths following daughter’s death


According to kidsandcars.com, the death of 10-month-old Jack Duggan is the second hot car death this year.

The Charleston County coroner announced Friday that the infant died from hyperthermia.

Police say no charges will be filed after the father of the infant said he forgot to drop the infant off at daycare.

One Lowcountry woman is fighting to put an end to hot car deaths after she lost her daughter the same way.

“A lot of people don’t realize how easy it is to happen. They think it can’t happen to me but it can happen to anyone,” said Deona Bien.

Bien lost her daughter in 2004 when she said her daughter’s babysitter inadvertently forgot she was in in the car.

“I lived in Hawaii. It was 85 degrees when my daughter was left in a hot car for almost an hour,” said Bien.

Bien said even though it was February, the temperature in the car still rose to deadly levels.

“A car only needs to get to 105 degrees,” said Bien. “That’s the temperature a child would need to be before they start to die from heat stroke.”

Bien said good parents and caretakers can forget they have a child in the car especially if there’s a change in routine.

“If you drive to a destination and don’t remember how you got there that’s as easy as it is to forget you have a child in the car with you,” said Bien.

According to KidsandCars.org there have been two child hot car deaths in 2018.

Bien said there’s an average of 37 child hot car deaths every year.

Bien said if you have a child in the car to put something you have to take with you next to the child in the backset.

Bien also said to set alerts and reminders with your daycare that way you can be alerted if they do not show up.

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