[updated] 2-year-old found in hot car expected to survive, West Haven mayor says; brother dead

[updated] 2-year-old found in hot car expected to survive, West Haven mayor says; brother dead

The Westerly Sun

WEST HAVEN — West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi said Friday that a 2-year-old boy, Davion Jenkins, found with his 4-year-old brother inside a hot car, is expected to survive. The 4-year-old, Dusan Jenkins, died Thursday at a local hospital. Police said they were called to an apartment complex at about 3 p.m. Thursday by the boys’ father. The apartments are near the VA health care campus.

Police say it does not appear the boys were left in the vehicle, but did not say how they got into the car. The company that manages the complex said the incident was captured by a surveillance camera. No one has been charged.

Police said the outside temperature was about 80 degrees, which could heat the inside of a car to 100 degrees within 10 minutes. According to the National Weather Service, 28 percent of children who die in hot vehicles gained access on their own; as a preventive action, it recommended that car owners keep their doors locked

The advocacy organization Kids and Cars said that 26 children have died in hot vehicles this year and there have been five such deaths in Connecticut since 1997.

AP and Sun staff


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