WR Child Dies Inside Parked Car
Three-year-old Andrew Calloway died of a heat stroke, after he was left inside a parked car for more than an hour.
According to the Warner Robins Police Department, officers responded to 100 Georgetown Boulevard around 5:30 Sunday evening. A preliminary investigation says the child was left inside the car while under the supervision of his babysitter, 50-year-old Shelia Henderson.
Warner Robins Police Spokesperson Tabitha Pugh says, “The caretaker was inside the car with the child and they had come back to the residence and just the simple fact that the caretaker went back inside the residence so the child was in the car the entire time.”
Henderson runs a daycare out of her house.
Father of two, Mark Smith says this really hits close to home since his kids are just 3 and 4 years old.
“I don’t see how anyone can completely forget about their child as far as leaving them in a car or something like that especially with the way the heat is in middle Georgia,” said Smith.
Last year, 49 fatalities made it the highest number of child heat stroke deaths in the United States so far; three of those took place in Georgia.
“Parents tend to believe that it’ll never happen to them because they’re good parents, responsible, they love their children so they think it will never happen to them but that’s not a good way to look at this,” said Jarome Gautreaux of KidsAndCars.org.
The Warner Robins Criminal Investigation Division is working alongside the Houston County Sheriff’s Juvenile Division and the Georgia Department of Human Services to continue the investigation on this case.