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Record Number Of Kids Died In Hot Cars In '10

NEW STUDY: This year of record temperatures has also led a record number of children dying in hot vehicles, according to a group that tracks such deaths. According to the Kansas-based organization Kids and Cars, 48 children have died of hypothermia after being left or becoming trapped in a hot car or truck. The previous record of 47 was set in 2005, says Janette Fennell, the group's founder and president. "I'm devastated," Fennell said Wednesday. The latest death was a 2½-month-old girl who died Sept. 20 in Kingman, Ariz., after being left five hours in a car in 100-degree heat. Police say the girl's father forgot the baby was in the car, went inside the house and took a shower and nap. Fennell had waited until the results of an autopsy on two Kentucky brothers before declaring this a record year.

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