Infant girl dies after father forgets her in hot SUV, police say

An infant in Virginia reportedly died Friday after her father left her in a hot SUV for an extended period of time.

Fairfax County police said in a statement that they and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a Springfield residence following reports of an unresponsive child in a vehicle. The 11-month-old girl was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The father reportedly left his daughter in the backseat of the SUV parked at his Springfield home. Police said he “inadvertently” left his baby in the car while he used another vehicle to run errands.

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“After returning home, he then drove the SUV to an in-home daycare to pick up another child when he realized the 11-month-old was still in the back seat,” police wrote.

Authorities haven’t named the decedent, and it’s unclear how long she was left in the vehicle.

The medical examiner is in the process of confirming a cause of death. Fairfax County police said they don’t expect to file criminal charges in this case.

According to No Heat Stroke, the 11-month-old girl is the sixth child to die in a hot car this year. In 2019, 52 children died of vehicular heatstroke.

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