An 18-month-old Arizona toddler has died after reportedly being found unresponsive in a hot car on Monday afternoon.
According to KNXV, Glendale police responded to the parking lot of an apartment complex located near 53rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road. The little girl had been in the vehicle for a few hours before her father discovered her at around 4:30 p.m.
“Unfortunately and tragically, that baby died inside of that vehicle due to the conditions,” Glendale police officer Tiffany Ngalula told KPHO.
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The toddler’s parents are reportedly cooperating with investigators, though authorities declined to reveal what led up to the girl being forgotten in the car. No arrests have been made and charges haven’t been filed in connection with her death, the news station reported.
The Arizona toddler is believed to be the third hot car death of this year. According to No Heat Stroke, a total of 51 children died last year of vehicular heatstroke-related causes.
“There is never an excuse or a reason to leave anyone vulnerable in a vehicle for any amount of time, especially in the summer months,” Northwest Fire District Captain Brian Keeley said, according to KOLD News 13.
“Tinted windows, crack in the car has absolutely no effect whatsoever on the interior temperature. Even on an 80-degree day, you can still be looking at upwards of 120 degrees.”
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