Leaving a child in a car in Texas is a Class C misdemeanor. [More reading: “Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime?" Gene Weingarten’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Post Magazine feature from 2009.]
As temperatures rise in the summer months, mortal instances of children left in cars are back in the news. In Georgia, authorities are looking into whether a man left his child to die in a car on purpose, in order to collect life insurance.
Just last week, police in Connecticut say a 15-month-old boy died when he was left unattended. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that more than three dozen children die of hyperthermia in cars each year in the United States.