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Conyers police revamp child hot-car policy


Melissa Jackson is behind bars, accused of leaving her child inside a hot car in Sandy Springs.

Arlete Makoudjo was arrested after, police said, she left her four children in a hot car in Norcross.

Justin Ross Harris remains locked up, accused of leaving his son to die inside a sweltering car.

Whether parents know it or not cars can get brutally hot, fast.

"In an hour, at 90 degrees, that temperature can get up to 13 degrees," said Conyers Police Capt. Jackie Dunn. "Minutes count with these children."

Conyers Police have seen more than 40 cases of children left inside hot cars over the past year.

"Some were negligent, some were criminal and some were just accidental," Dunn said.

Those incidents, along with the recent arrests have forced Conyers police to review their policies and treat kids locked inside hot cars like victims in 911 emergencies.

"Blue lights siren would initiate a medical response as well," Dunn said.

Dunn said it could be a matter of life or death.

"They become distressed very quickly. It's imperative so as to get there, get the children out of that situation," Dunn said.

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