Sunday 23 October 2016

Toddler dies in hot car after mother leaves her to teach for eight hours

Published 04/06/2015 | 11:41

Cedar Grove school Credit: Google Maps
Cedar Grove school Credit: Google Maps

An 18 month old baby has died after being left by her mother in a car unattended for almost eight hours.

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Teacher Jamie Buckley arrived at the school in Florida where she worked just before 730am last Tuesday morning.

After parking her car at the Cedar Grove school, Ms Buckley went to work until after 3pm, forgetting her child was still in the back of the vehicle.

Temperatures in Panama City area hit 83 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, , according to data from Weather Underground.

When outside temperatures reach 80 to 100 degrees, temperatures inside a car could climb as far as to 131 to 172 degrees.

A statement from the local sheriff's department said that "investigators form the criminal investigation division and the crime scene until were called to the scene". 

“Preliminary investigation revealed the mother, Jamie Buckley, a teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary, arrived at school this morning between 7am and 730 am and forgot the child in the car. When she went to her car to leave after school she found the child, Reagan Buckley, still in her car seat,” the report from the Bay County Sheriff's Department read. 

The Bay County Sheriff's Office has launched a full investigation into the incident but no charges have been filed as yet

Reports from the North West Florida News state that the toddler was pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to the Washington Post, at least 30 children have died in hot cars in the United States.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the family and the school,” Superintendent Bill Husfelt of Bay District Schools told local media.

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