Heatstroke Prevention Day comes days after heat-related death of El Cajon baby

4-month-old a sobering reminder of heat dangers

SAN DIEGO - National Heatstroke Prevention Day is July 31, and it comes days after the death of an El Cajon baby who police said was left alone in a car for hours.

On Saturday, El Cajon police said a family member found four-month-old Giovanni Soto alone and unresponsive in his car seat. His parents, 30-year-old Israel Soto and 23-year-old Jessica Quezada, were arrested on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child with injury or death.

The infant's death is a sobering reminder and grave reality of the dangers of heat. That is why the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) wants to warn people that a car can surpass 100 degrees even on cooler days. They say when it is 110 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can spike to 160 degrees in one hour.

According to Kaitlyn's Law, it is against the law to leave kids unattended in a vehicle.

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While it is critical never to leave small kids, animals or the elderly in a car alone, OTS officials suggest leaving something you need, like a cell phone or purse, on the floor in front of the car seat.

Safety tips and additional information can be found on the OTS on Facebook page www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS, on Twitter @OTS_CA or at www.ots.ca.gov.


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