11 Month Old Girl Dies After Being Left In Hot Car Outside

Submitted by Take Out on Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:07

Richmond Police said a child has died after being left inside a hot car Tuesday afternoon.

WTVR reported that the 10-month-old was left in the vehicle while an adult went grocery shopping.

They reported that the adult drove the car to a home on Britannia Road, between Broad Rock Boulevard and Warwick Road, in South Richmond where emergency crews responded around 2 p.m.

The child died on the way to the hospital after going into cardiac arrest.

Richmond Police told WTVR that they are in the early stages of a possible heat-related infant death investigation.

Kids and Cars said Virginia ranks ninth in the nation based on the number of child hot car deaths with 29 fatalities since 1994. Last year was the worst year in history for child hot car deaths with a total of 52 children that died nationwide.

They said this baby's death is the 21st this year.

Kids and Cars is hoping to help pass a federal bill, called The Hot Cars Act, that would require technology in all vehicles to help prevent these fatalities.

Virginia is in the middle of a more than 20-day long heat wave with temperatures in the upper 90s.