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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - On a typical summer day, a car can heat up in just minutes, which could kill a child left stranded in the car.

There are currently 19 states with laws that specifically make it illegal to leave a child unattended in a car.

Both Missouri and Tennessee have laws against leaving children in hot cars, but Arkansas does not have a specific law about the issue.

State Representative Harold Copenhaver told our Jonesboro affiliate KAIT that it is still an offense.

"I would be willing to look forward to amending to where we draw it in to specifics that address this issue...these children, they can't fend for themselves," said Copenhaver.

Although Arkansas has no specific law about this issue, it does fall under the umbrella of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to safecar.gov, 17 kids have died from a heat stroke inside a vehicle so far this year.

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