3-year-old boy dies after being trapped in hot car in Sylmar

A 3-year-boy died Wednesday after apparently becoming trapped in a car at his home amid the afternoon heat in Sylmar, Los Angeles police said.

The child was found unconscious in the car around 3:30 p.m. in the 14400 block of Foothill Boulevard, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police Department.

A preliminary investigation shows that the boy was playing in his yard and then went into the car. “He was overcome by heat and couldn’t get out,” Borihanh said.

He said the boy was found by his brother and was taken by firefighters to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Temperatures in the area Wednesday afternoon were in the mid-to-upper 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

“It appears to be a tragic accident,” Borihanh said.

Officers were conducting an investigation and gathering evidence at the home Wednesday evening. No other details were immediately available.

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