A 3-year-old South Carolina foster child passed away after being left in a hot car for several hours in Spartanburg. The incident happened on Wednesday, June 30th. A news report disclosed that the cause of death of the South Carolina foster child was heat-related.
The report stated that the Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the boy’s foster mother found him around 5:45 p.m. According to the Spartanburg Police Department, the woman said she thought she dropped the child and her other children off at daycare earlier that day. She said she didn’t know he didn’t make it inside until she found his body.
The woman called the police immediately after she found the body. The preliminary autopsy ruled the cause of death as heat-related. The temperature in Spartanburg on the day of the incident was in the 90s. The police are still investigating the boy’s demise, and so far, they believe it was an accident.
The deceased boy was in the South Carolina foster care system. The SC Department of Social Services (SCDSS) is conducting an independent investigation into the occurrence. The police are yet to release the boy’s name.
The boy’s death is the second the SCDSS has recorded this year. Early this year, the foster parents of 3-year-old Victoria Rose Smith allegedly killed her. The death sparked a conversation on the inadequacies of the SCDSS, accompanied by a call for lawmakers to reform the foster care system.
The call seems timely as the SCDSS recorded over 20 child fatalities yearly from 2015 to 2020. In 2018, they recorded a total of 48 deaths. Thus, there is a need to protect and safeguard the rights and lives of children in the South Carolina foster care system.
To find out more about protecting children’s rights in foster homes, contact our Greenville family law lawyers.