A 21-month-old girl died Sunday after being left in a car outside a home near Brownsburg in Indiana.
According to the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened around 5:25 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, in the 8000 block of North County Road 650 East.
The family told investigators they had returned home from church in the early afternoon and thought someone had taken the 21-month-old girl, identified by the Hendricks County coroner as Mara Anne Crapo, out of the car and put her down for a nap inside the house.
Instead, the rest of the family—both parents and four siblings—had all gone into the house for naps.
When the family awoke later, they began searching for the little girl. They eventually discovered she had been in the family’s Honda Odyssey van since they returned “a few hours earlier.”
They immediately called 911 and attempted all lifesaving procedures but were unsuccessful. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators say it was 81 degree outside, the inside of a car will feel like it’s 99 degrees after only 10 minutes and after 30 minutes, it goes up to 114.
Sheriff’s detectives, Department of Child Services and the Hendricks County Coroner’s Office are investigating but it’s unlikely there will be any criminal charges filed.
“This appears to be a tragic loss of young life, and our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family and all involved,” wrote the sheriff’s office.
This would be the second child in Indiana and the 36th in the United States to die in a hot car this year, according to KidsAndCars.org.