HONOLULU – A Honolulu court has awarded an Arizona couple more than $2 million dollars in the death of their one-year-old daughter who was left in a hot car by a baby sitter.
The parents of Aslyn Ryan say they don't expect to collect the money but filed the suit to help find meaning in their daughter's death.
Timothy and Deona Ryan have become active in the campaign to prevent such deaths. They say more than 350 children have died in the United States since 1998 after being left in a hot car.
The couple who lived in Hawaii when their daughter died in February 2004 started the nonprofit group Hot Spot in 2005. Their daughter died two days after baby sitter Shawna Akin left her in a car for about 50 minutes while she ran errands. Akin now lives in Wyoming.
Ryan family attorney Mark Davis says Akin failed to reply to the lawsuit the Ryans filed against her.