2-year-old child in serious condition after heat-related incident in Portsmouth

Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 22:37:55-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Police are investigating a heat related incident that sent a child to the hospital on Friday.

Police communications received a call just before 12 p.m. reporting that a 2-year-old  was found in a hot vehicle.

The parents of the 2-year-old took the child to the hospital where he is being treated for a heat related illness.

The child is at the Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters and police say he is in serious condition.

News 3 records show that it was about 88 degrees at the time of the incident, and the heat index made it feel like triple digits.

According to the National Weather Service, with an outdoor temperature of only 80 degrees, the temperature inside a car can creep up to 99 degrees in just ten minutes.

Officials remind parents, that heat related illness and deaths are preventable and to check your vehicle twice when going inside of your home, grocery store, restaurant, etc. Keep car keys out of a child’s reach to keep them from being able to open the vehicle and get in by themselves.