This year alone, 17 children in the United States have died after being left in a hot car. In a case out of Phoenix, Arizona, one woman who left her two kids in a hot car will have her case dismissed if she completes a diversion program.

Another case out of Georgia is making headlines after a father was charged with murder and child cruelty for leaving his toddler son in a scorching car.

Stories like those prompted a Texas police officer to shoot a video of himself in his car during a hot day to demonstrate the dangers.


Boy Invents Device to Prevent Kids From Being Forgotten in Hot Cars


Cpl. Jessie Peterson, from the Highland Village Police Department, said the temperature in his car rose 30 degrees after just half an hour and he had to get out.

“My body’s telling me to get out,” he said. “As a grown man, knowing I can get out when it’s hard to stay in, I can’t imagine being strapped in here with no way to get out at all.”

Peterson joined Gretchen Carlson on The Real Story this afternoon.

As a police offer and father of a young son, Peterson said he wanted to get the message out to keep residents in his community safe.

“As a father, just not being able to help a child like that, it’s heartbreaking,” he said. “And so, this was a very important message with the summer coming that we needed to remind people of.”