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18 infants have died trapped in hot cars

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Temperatures are rising and so are reports of infants and toddlers dying from being trapped inside sizzling automobiles, government and safety officials warned Friday.

A researcher says 18 children have died of hyperthermia since the beginning of the year, with eight deaths reported since June 13. That's the largest number of fatalities through the first half of a year since Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University, began tracking the data in the late 1990s.

Many of the recent cases have involved children who climbed inside an unlocked vehicle on a hot day and then couldn't get out.

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> OHIO

Boy alerts authorities after mother is shot

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A 5-year-old boy used a cell phone to call police Friday after someone fatally shot his mother, telling a dispatcher in a clear but scared voice she was dead and begging for someone to come and stay with him. The boy called 911 shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, and police arriving at the scene soon afterward found the body of a woman identified as Marquita Brown, 25.

"My momma is at home dead," he told the dispatcher when she answered the 911 call. "Can you come here," the boy could be heard pleading to the dispatcher on the tape of the emergency call released Friday.

The dispatcher kept the boy on the phone until officers arrived, police said.

Lt. Patrick Welsh said no charges had been filed in the shooting.

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