RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A 10-month-old girl died in July after being left in a hot car. Richmond Police said a child, identified as a female under the age of one, was found “suffering from possible heat-related distress.”
On Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office confirmed that the girl died from hyperthermia and that it was an accident.
8News spoke with the mother who said what started as a trip to Food Lion ended with her finding her daughter cold to the touch, dripping in sweat.
The mother told 8News in July 2019 that she drove home from Food Lion and saw her 10-month-old daughter was asleep in the backseat. The mom said she left her daughter inside while she put the groceries away.
The mother claims she came back out, no more than 20 minutes later and noticed her daughter’s lips had turned from pink to blue. The mother said she put her baby in a cold bath and tried to revive her, then called 9-1-1.
Richmond Police said officers responded to the 4600 block of Britannia Road at 1:59 p.m. for the report of a child needing assistance.
The infant was taken to a hospital where she died, police said.
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