21-month-old baby was abandoned in the back seat of a sweltering car in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico and when found he was unresponsive.
The mother, Dr. Cynthia Galinaltis, was distracted and forgot to take him to day care on her drive to work, only to find him the mid-afternoon when it was too late. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.
Such deaths have risen since the 1990s, when U.S. laws began requiring that small children be strapped into rear-facing car seats in the back seats of vehicles to avoid air-bag injuries, according to Kansas-based organization Kids and Cars. (ap)
Experts say leaving a child in a hot car is not always a sign of negligence, but is often the tragic result of a distracted or sleep-deprived brain, or a sudden change in routine. (ap)
According to Vitals.com, Dr. Cynthia Galinaltis, is a board-certified OB/GYN. No update on any charges against the mother.