UPDATE: One Of The Boys Has Died, & The Other Released From Hospital After Being Locked In Car
8/11/21 1:57PM UPDATE -
Our news partners at WDIO are reporting that one of the boys left in a hot car has died. The brother of the victim has been released from the hospital. The case is being investigated for possible charges against the twin boys' father.
Your prayers are needed for these toddlers. The Hibbing Police Department issued a press release about an incident that happened yesterday afternoon in Hibbing. According to the press release, the Hibbing Police Department dispatched officers to the 4200 block of 4th Street in Leetonia location. There was a report of two missing three year old twin boys.
Officers and neighbors in the area began a search for the children. An hour and a half went by before and officer was able to locate both boys locked inside a vehicle near the residence.
Weather in the area was well into the 80's, and the children were unresponsive and in "medical distress" due to the extreme heat inside the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a car can heat up by 20 degrees inside in just 10 minutes.
One of the boys was transported to the UMCM in Hibbing and was listed as in stable condition as of the morning of August 10.
The other boy was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. He is listed in critical condition. The police do not expect foul play, however an investigation is underway. Other departments assisting in the call were the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Chisholm Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Hibbing Fire Department.
While the cause of this is still under investigation, it's still important to note that it is crucial to check your backseat before you exit your car. Since 1998 there have been 900 child fatalities due to heatstroke in the United States from kids being left in a car. It's a horrific tragedy and something that can be prevented.
Let's all hope and pray that both children will fully recover from this incident.