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Police: Heat in car claims child's life in eastern Finland

Police do not suspect a crime nor criminal motive in the case.

The police warn of dangerously hot cars in the sun. Image: Jani Aarnio / Yle

A child under the age of 15 died from heat inside a car in Eastern Finland earlier this week, according to the police.

Authorities said the vehicle's interior was extremely hot when the child was found lifeless as volunteers arrived on the scene.

The police stated that first aid was administered immediately, but unsuccessful.

"In this tragic case, no crime is suspected and the police are investigating the incident to determine the cause of death," said Detective Inspector Simo Hämäläinen of the Eastern Finland police.

According to Hämäläinen, no further information will be provided about the case because matters relating to the investigation are confidential by law.

The police issued a warning about the dangers of hot car interiors in the summer and asked people to be aware that children and individuals with reduced mobility may be unable or not even know that they should exit a car on their own if it becomes dangerously hot.

The temperature inside a car can quickly reach life-threatening levels, up to more than four times the outdoor temperature. This is especially true in direct sunlight, where car windows act similar to a greenhouse, heating up the interior.

"That's why it's worth making sure you can get out, for example by opening a window," Hämäläinen explained.

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