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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Authorities believe a 6-year old girl in Evans died from heat exhaustion after getting trapped inside the family car while playing.  An advocacy group at least 112 children nationwide from have died in similar incidents so far this year.

Automatic door locks and child proof locks on back seat doors can confuse and trap young children.

The Kids and Cars group warns that children should never be left alone in a car and not allowed to play inside one.

Safe Communities Coordinator Michele Strickland said  "Lock your vehicle when you go inside. Put the keys and the remotes away from where children can get them. And in the event that a child goes missing, check vehicles first. Not only the interior of the vehicle, but also the trunk."

A child's body does not handle heat as well as an adult's.

Heatstroke can occur when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees.  That does not take long inside a closed car in hot Georgia summers.

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