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Officials: Children's organs begin to shut down when left in hot cars, oftentimes leading to death.

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As temperatures continue to rise this summer officials are reminding everyone of the dangers of leaving kids, pets and seniors unattended in cars, even if for just a short period of time.

Penny Shaw, a coordinator with Safe Kids International in Spartanburg says when outside temperatures rise, the inside temperature of a car rises an average of 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. She says children’s bodies heat up faster than adults, making it an extremely dangerous situation.

“When a child’s body temperature reaches up to over 104 their body begins to shut down their internal organs loosing kidney function and what not and if a child's body temperature reaches 107 the child could die,” said Shaw.

The reminder to parents comes after a Henderson County woman, Orfilia Sanchez Diaz, 33, was arrested Friday after leaving her son, 2, in a car while she grocery shopped.

Henderson County deputies estimated the child had been left in the car for over 40 minutes. They say the outside temperature was 91.

Diaz was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and is currently behind bars at the Henderson County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond.

Deputies say they were called to the Ingles parking lot after another shopper noticed the boy and dialed 911.

“They saved the child's life. You know everybody knows how hot it's been and it doesn't take long. I thank god the child doesn't have any brain damage or even death because those are the first two things that can happen with extreme heat,” said Captain Steve Carter, with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

Carter says children should never be left unattended, let alone in a hot car.

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