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Child dies after being left in hot car in Florida for more than 5 hours

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 2nd March, 2017 10:00:54 AM
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Child dies after being left in hot car in Florida for more than 5 hours

At around 9:30 am Tuesday, a 21-year-old woman arrived for work in Brandon, Florida, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

 

The woman went to her job at a child-care center. But, authorities say, she had left her 2-year-old half brother, Jacob Manchego, inside the vehicle.

 

The woman returned to the vehicle hours later, according to authorities. That's when, at around 2:30 p.m., she discovered the child, who was unconscious. Jacob was taken to a hospital, the sheriff's office said in a news release, where he died.

 

Investigators who spoke to the station said Jacob's half sister was "distraught" when she discovered the toddler during a break.

 

A sheriff's office news release details the incident, stating that deputies were called to a shopping center in Brandon, which is about 13 miles from Tampa, Florida, at about 2:40 p.m., in reference to "a child found locked in an unattended vehicle." Paramedics also responded to the scene and transported the child to a hospital, where he later died.

 

No charges had been filed Tuesday, according to a sheriff's office. Authorities were speaking to the 21-year-old woman as well as other witnesses.

 

The National Weather Service estimated that the outside temperature in the area was about 90 degrees about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 

There were more than 30 heat stroke deaths involving children who were left in cars in 2016, according to noheatstroke.org, a website that tracks such incidents. There have been two in 2017, a total that included the death of Jacob Manchego, according to the site.

Source: The Washington Post