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Hot temps cause s'more dangers for kids in cars

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It's getting hot outside, and that means it's even hotter inside a car. Although many parents never think to leave their child inside a car, on steamy dead, it's more common than you might expect.

The majority of hot car deaths are from parent forgetting their kids are inside the car. However, the second leading factor is children getting into a car when no one is looking.

On Tuesday, an Alabama four-year-old died that way. His death became the nation's 20th hot car death this year.

On Wednesday, Safe Kids Pitt County and Target held a "Never Leave Your Child Alone" demonstration.

To show just how hot and how fast the inside of car can heat up, the event cooked s'mores on the inside of car. Vidant Medical Center's injury prevention program coordinator, Ellen Walston, says temperatures inside the car reached 122 degrees.

"It just took a few minutes for those to heat. It was a great visual illustration. How easy the car he that quickly, but certainly we don't want children in a car cooking like those s'mores," said Walston.

Walston encourages parents to never leave a child alone in a car, not even for one minute, because it could be deadly.

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