A toddler girl found dead in a car at the Procter & Gamble (P&G) employee parking lot on Wednesday in Ohio, was left locked inside the vehicle by her own mother, police say.
New York Post reports that Doyle Burke, the chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s Office in Ohio, stated that the mother of child, an employee of P&G, left the 15-month-old little girl locked in a maroon Nissan SUV while she worked for the day at P&G’s Mason Business Center in Mason. The mother, unnamed at this time, called 911 once she discovered the child unconscious in her car. Burke said the child was left in the vehicle from around 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Although an official cause of death hasn’t been officially confirmed, authorities said the little girl likely died from heat stroke. The car’s windows were rolled up and the baby had no air conditioning or water. So far, it’s unclear whether the mom will face any charges.
“Even though it wasn’t sweltering hot today, it’s obviously gonna be hotter in the car,” Burke said. “And certainly a 15-month-old is more susceptible to something like this than an adult.”
P&G released a comment after learning of the tragic incident, and expressed sympathies for the situation in a public statement on Wednesday night.
“We are aware of a tragic accident that took place on the campus of P&G’s Mason Business Center earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected family. We are providing our full support to both the family and local officials.”
According to the Department of Meteorology & Climate Science at San Jose University, a total of 34 children in 2017 alone have died from heat stroke from being trapped inside hot vehicles.
“I don’t recall any case in Warren County of a death of an infant as a result of being left in a vehicle,” Warren County Coroner Russell Uptegrove told WLWT.
Officials scheduled an autopsy on Thursday at the Montgomery County Coroner’s office.
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