Authorities announced that a toddler died after being in a car during triple-digit temperatures in West Texas.
Pecos, Texas police say Avrian Villalobos, 17 months, died Tuesday after being locked in a blazing hot car. Chief Clay McKinney said that Villalobos’ mother had Avrian and his two older siblings with her when she dropped her husband off at work. She drove home, and she and her two children went inside — accidentally leaving the toddler in the car.
The temperature in Pecos — just 200 miles east of El Paso, Texas — hit 101 degrees on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The mother later realized her mistake, and attempted to resuscitate him. She drove him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Child Protective Services have taken custody of her other two children.
According to KidsAndCars.org, an average of 38 children die every year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. For safety tips regarding children and hot vehicles, please visit their website.