On Tuesday, a 2-year-old girl was found dead in a hot car in Hobbs after being left there for several hours by a babysitter, according to authorities.
According to HPD, Tammy Brooks, 40, was babysitting the child and called 911 around 1:30 p.m. Police said they believed Brooks dropped the little girl off at day care but drove to her job instead.
Hobbs Fire and Rescue officials declared the child dead at the scene.
The temperature in Hobbs on Tuesday reached a high of 91 degrees.
Brooks was arrested and charged with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death (a first-degree felony), according to HPD.
This marks the 42nd child hot car death so far this year in the United States, according to a release by KidsandCars.org.
Last year, 54 child hot car deaths was the deadliest in American history, the organization said.
This is the first hot car death in New Mexico in 2019. Since 1997, there have been 11 child hot car deaths in New Mexico, according to the release.