A one-year-old child died after being left in a hot car parked outside a Walgreens store in Danielsville, Georgia.
Local police said officers responded to reports of “an unresponsive child” at a Walgreens store in Danielsville, about 26 km northeast of Athens, early Thursday afternoon. midday.
According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, which is assisting Danielsville police in the case, the child’s mother worked at Walgreens.
The sheriff’s office estimates the baby was inside the hot car for three or four hours before the mother discovered the child in the vehicle, NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA reported. Authorities believe the temperature inside the car was over 100 degrees.
The one-year-old received emergency aid before being rushed to a hospital in Athens, where the child was eventually pronounced dead, WXIA reported.
This is the third child to die in a burning car in Georgia since the start of the year, according to the nonprofit Kids and Car Safety, which tracks such deaths. Two of those deaths occurred this week.
The mother employed at the Walgreens told investigators that she normally dropped her two children off at separate day care centers before going to work, the Athens Banner-Herald, a local newspaper, reported. On Thursday, the 30-year-old woman accidentally left one of her children inside the car.
The mother didn’t realize she never stopped at the second daycare before arriving at work, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.
An inquest into the child’s death is still ongoing.
The sheriff’s office said it was working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to process the evidence, WXIA reported. The office has also been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office of the Northern Judicial Circuit to determine if charges are warranted.