According to a spokesman from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office in Panama City Beach, Florida, an 18-month-old toddler died today from being locked inside a hot car for over eight hours. The toddler’s mother, who has yet to be named, apparently forgot about her child after walking away from the car after she arrived at the local elementary school.
On Tuesday, Bay County deputies received a call to Cedar Grove Elementary School at about 3:15 p.m. and found a toddler in the backseat of the car. The child appeared to be not breathing. The toddler was declared dead on scene by first responders.
Investigators from the Bay County Police Department spoke to one of the teachers at the school that witnessed the child’s mother leaving the car with the toddler still inside. Jamie Buckley, a teacher at the school, told investigators the mother arrived at the school sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 on Tuesday morning. According to the interview with Buckley, she discovered that the toddler was still belted in its seat as she passed by the car on her way out of the school.
The local Medical Examiner’s Office is currently doing an autopsy of the child’s body to determine the exact cause of death. Bay County authorities are investigating the incident.
By Alex Lemieux
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