Richmond Police reported a child died after being left inside a car in a parking lot on Tuesday afternoon.
The child, believed to be 10-months old, was left in the SUV while the adult was inside and went grocery shopping, WTVR reported.
The car was then driven to a home along the 4600 block of Britannia Road, between Broad Rock Boulevard and Warwick Road, in South Richmond, Virginia. That’s where emergency crews responded around 2 p.m.
The baby 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.
“112 degrees inside [the car] in 10 minutes, the temp then would climb to about 125 in a half-hour and 135 and above in an hour,” said San Jose State adjunct professor and research meteorologist Jan Hull. “Smaller infants… their surface area for perspiration compared to body mass is not good, so they get overcome by heat much faster than an adult and their body temps rise 3 to 5 times faster.”
On Tuesday afternoon, temperatures in Richmond were in the low 90s, with a “feels like” temperature between 101 – 103.