Florida Toddler Dies After She Was Left in Her Family's Car Most of the Day

A toddler in Florida has died after her parents reportedly left her in a car by mistake. The one-and-a-half-year-old girl, who has not been named, was discovered by her parents after 6 p.m. on Monday after they are said to have left her in a Jeep all day. The temperature in Tampa reached a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, records show.

Police in Tampa were then called immediately, officers said, reported WFTS Tampa Bay, and upon arrival at the family home in the 9400 block of North 19th Street, first responders found her to be unconscious and not breathing.

She was then transported to a nearby hospital for immediate treatment, but was soon after pronounced dead. Police are investigating the death, but do not suspect foul play at present.

"Police are in the early stages of the investigation," Tampa Police Department confirmed to Newsweek in a statement. "At this time it appears that the child was accidentally left in the family vehicle."

In describing the circumstances of the case, Steve Hegarty of Tampa Police told WFTS Tampa Bay: "It appears it was a very busy morning for the family. They have several other children as well and, in an effort to get everybody where they needed to go, the toddler was left in the backseat."

Hegarty said it was the father who had mistakenly left the toddler in the car.

"The dad used the vehicle the toddler was in to take people to school and to work, then took a separate car to work and that caused him to forget the child was in the backseat of the car," he said. "He left and went to work and then came home."

The death is the latest in a string of similar fatalities across the United States.

The website Kids and Cars tracks the numbers of child deaths caused by being left in hot vehicles, among other statistics, and reported this death in Tampa as the 50th incident of this type across the United States this year. The incident is the fifth of its type in Florida.

In June, a two-year-old boy identified as Noah Sneed was found dead in a day care center's transport van in Oakland Park, Florida.

Staff at Ceressa's Daycare & Preschool found Noah's body outside the facility in 21st Avenue shortly after 3:30 p.m. and it was reported that he was left in the van by staff since morning. Temperatures rose above the 90s that day.

Broward County's Child Care Licensing and Enforcement section shut down the center after the death and it is currently being investigated by the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed to Newsweek in a statement that Engrid Thurston, 46, of Lauderhill, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated manslaughter and has been booked into jail pending further investigation.

This article was updated to include statements from Tampa Police Department and Broward Sheriff's Office.

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