On July 28, a 3-year-old died being locked inside a hot car parked at the family’s Reidsville home, about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta, according to investigators. The GBI arrested the boy’s mother, Jamie Lee Camacho, 24, and charged her with felony murder and cruelty to children in the second degree.
And in June, Dijanelle Fowler, 25, left her baby in the car for six hours while she was inside a hair salon, according to DeKalb County police. Skylar Fowler was found dead in an Emory University Hospital parking deck after her mother drove there and called 911, reporting that she herself was having a seizure, The AJC previously reported.
Dijanelle Fowler, a former high school and college basketball standout from South Carolina, told investigators different versions of what happened to her baby, according to court testimony following her arrest. But Fowler told the baby’s father she’d left the baby in the car with the air conditioning on, but it had shut off.
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to require technology that will help prevent children from dying of heatstroke in cars.
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The state believes a 1-year-old girl died in her mother's hot car as she was getting her hair done during a five and a half hour appointment.