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A Mother’s Plea After Child Dies In Hot Car

Back in 2008, Houstonian Dee Dee Estis’ 3-year-old son Christian died when his grandmother mistakenly forgot to drop him off at daycare. He spent 12 hours inside a hot car, ultimately succumbing to hyperthermia. It’s an awful and tragic scenario that occurs more often in Texas than in any other state — 106 children left […]

Hot Car Deaths - Dee Dee EstisBack in 2008, Houstonian Dee Dee Estis’ 3-year-old son Christian died when his grandmother mistakenly forgot to drop him off at daycare. He spent 12 hours inside a hot car, ultimately succumbing to hyperthermia.

It’s an awful and tragic scenario that occurs more often in Texas than in any other state — 106 children left in hot cars have died here between 1991 and 2015.

Estis tells News 88.7’s Eddie Robinson it’s something that can happen to anyone.

(Above: Dee Dee Estis lost her 3-year-old son, Christian, after his grandmother mistakenly forgot to drop him off at daycare and he spent 12 hours inside a hot car. Photo Courtesy: Dee Dee Estis)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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