NM Child Dies in Hot Car, Babysitter Charged

Another child is dead after being found in a hot car and a babysitter faces charges in the case.

In a statement yesterday, police in Hobbs, New Mexico said Tammy Brooks called 9-1-1 to say she accidentally left the two-year-old she was babysitting in a car for several hours. The toddler was dead when first responders arrived. Brooks is now in the Hobbs County Detention Center facing several charges including child abandonment resulting in death. It’s the 42nd case of a child dying inside a hot car in the U.S. this year. Some automakers have said they’ll install backseat reminder warnings on vehicles by 2025.