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Social Media Movement Hopes to Bring about Change

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According to the American Stroke Association, there have been at least 17 cases of children dying in hot cars this year.

In light of the deaths, a social media movement, the Hot Car Challenge, has been started to bring awareness to what exactly happens when you're left in a hot car.

Rod Souza, Chief Deputy County Attorney for Yellowstone County, said each case is different and to bring charges against the person who left the child in the car, their intent has to be proven.

Dr. Toby Vandenberg of St .Vincent Healthcare said it is easy to forget a child in the back seat because your brain goes into a state of auto pilot when you're in the hustle and bustle of every day life. It is comparable to when you drive from your house to your job and can't remember specifics of the drive.

The Hot Car Challenge is just one way people are rallying together to stop what most people believe is a preventable cause of death for children.

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