Monday, August 6, 2012

Samantha Harper charged after children, two and three, die after being locked in a sweltering car for an hour

Two children, aged three and two, have died from apparent heat stroke after being left in a locked car for more than an hour.

Three-year-old Daniel Marise and her two-year-old sister Savannah were found dead by their mother who is accused of leaving them in the car.

Police said Samantha Harper admitted putting the children in the car and then falling asleep.

The 25-year-old woke up to find her children unresponsive in the car parked outside her home in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Officials said temperatures outside the vehicle would have been in the mid 90s, but far hotter inside.

'You put someone in a car with the windows rolled up, with no ventilation, it can increase the temperature easy 30 to 40 degrees inside the vehicle,' said Smyrna police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Gibson.

Harper has been charged with aggravated child abuse, but further charges could follow. Read More