Two toddlers die in a scorching-car tragedy
Mother charged with death
Samantha Harper has been charged in the death of her two toddlers. She left them in the car for more than an hoour.
Two toddlers died from apparent heat stroke last week after they were left trapped inside a hot car for over an hour by their young mom.
Samantha Harper of Smyrna, Tenn. allegedly admitted to police that she put her two children, Daniel Marise, 3, and Savannah Marise, 2, in the car on Aug. 2 and then fell asleep inside her home, The Tennessean reported.
When she woke up an hour later, the 25-year-old said she found her children dead in the red four-door sitting in her driveway and called 911.
It is unclear why Harper had put her children in the broiling vehicle in the first place.
“It doesn’t take a lot of time before it can become a deadly situation for someone trapped inside a car,” Smyrna Police Sgt. Bobby Gibson said.
Bobby Boyd, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville, said that the high temperature in Smyrna on Aug. 2 was 99 degrees.
But Gibson says that it was much hotter than 99 degrees inside the car.
“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,” Gibson said.