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Toddler girl dies trapped inside van, marking 46th child to die inside a hot vehicle this year: Report

A toddler girl passed away after police say she was left inside a van on Tuesday, by a family member who likely left the child inside the vehicle on accident.

ABC reports that an 18-month-old girl was left inside a van off of Hardie Drive in Morgana, near a daycare on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities to arrived to the area at around 3:15 p.m. after receiving a hysterical call from someone who claimed the toddler was unresponsive.

When authorities arrived, they began CPR on the little girl until paramedics arrived and rushed her to the hospital. It was too late, however, and the child passed away at a local hospital. A doctor at the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek pronounced the child dead.

“The first officer on scene began CPR, was quickly relieved by the firefighters who had arrived, and they performed every life-saving measure they could,” Moraga police Chief Jon King explained.

The toddler’s death marks the 46th death this year alone from hot vehicles, according to Jan Hull, CCM, of San Jose University’s Department of Meteorology & Climate Science.

Authorities said the child was likely left in the vehicle accidentally as temperatures reached into the 80s outside that day. Null stated that inside the vehicle, the temperature probably reached around 130 degrees or more.

“We’re basically still in the process of looking through things and interviewing people and figuring out exactly what occurred,” King said.

So far, no one has been charged in connection with the child’s death.

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