Three year old in critical condition after being found inside hot car

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By Denyse Clark

A three-year-old boy remains in critical condition Thursday, July 3, from suffering a heat stroke after being found in a vehicle, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.

On Wednesday, July 2 at about 1:15 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 2300 block of Walnut Road after receiving a report of a child found in a vehicle, the release said. The boy was found in the car by his mother, who called 911.

Walnut Road is in the Buford community and is between Camp Creek and Thompson roads.

According to the release, the boy was treated by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services and then taken to an area hospital, which Lancaster County Sheriff's Maj. Matt Shaw was unable to identify.

Criminal investigators and the S.C. Department of Social Services have begun an investigation into the circumstances of this case, the report said.

“At this point in the investigation, it appears that the child left the home without the knowledge of his mother and was playing in the car with his dog when he became trapped,” the release said.

No additional information was available Thursday, July 3 about the investigations or the boy’s condition.


Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152