Child dies in Fort Smith Ark., investigators say, “left inside hot car”

This is the 18th child to die in 2022 in hot car incident. That total includes a Carthage, Mo. 3-year-old who died over the weekend.
Google Map location 3600 block Boone Ave, Fort Smith, Ark. where child reportedly left in hot car died. Fort Smith Police are investigating, August 16, 2022.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Just before 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon Fort Smith Police responded to a call at a local hospital that stemmed from the 3600 block of Boone Avenue. Upon arrival, it was reported that a child had been left inside a hot car.

“An undisclosed person reportedly broke out one of the car windows and took the child to the hospital,” FSPD state in a media release. “The child was later pronounced dead.”

Crisis Intervention Unit of FSPD and officers responded to the hospital. Investigators were on the scene at Boone Avenue as well.

No other information is available at this time.


Carthage Missouri Police told us Friday a child was discovered unresponsive inside a hot car in the 100 block of N Maple Ave. The child was airlifted from Joplin to Springfield for a higher level of care.

Lieut Jeff Pinnell of Carthage PD updated us over the weekend the child had died.

No charges have been filed in the death.


Experts say almost all of these deaths occurring in “nontraffic incidents” are preventable.

If investigation proves the child died Tuesday in Fort Smith as a result of being inside a hot vehicle, this would be the 18th death so far in 2022.


Rough data and chart via Kids and Car Safety.

According to the National non-profit group Kids and Car Safety2021 had 23 children die in a vehicle due to heatstroke.

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