A two-year-old girl was found dead in her family’s parked car after being left in the sweltering heat for about seven hours.
On Tuesday afternoon, a neighbor in the residential area of Franklin Township, New Jersey made the sad discovery of the unresponsive girl in the back seat of the Honda Civic parked in the family driveway.
The neighbor, who is a firefighter, quickly called the police from a fire department radio at around 2:20 pm and then began performing CPR on the child, who had gone into cardiac arrest.
When the police arrived home, they saw the neighbor perform the rescue procedure on the child and assisted him until rescuers arrived. The child was pronounced dead shortly after.
The child’s parents were reportedly unaware of the tragedy just yards from the front door when officers knocked to break the news. Neighbors on the quiet suburban street said they heard their moans from blocks away.
“They were just screaming in pain and anguish. She collapsed to the ground and he went to comfort her, “said a neighbor in an interview with NBC New York.” They are great parents. I have seen them being very loving and fond of their daughters. “
The Somerset County Attorney’s Office has so far released scant details of the child’s death, noting only that the death took place in the township and that the investigation would be conducted by Franklin Township prosecutors and police investigators.
“The authorities have informed the Northern New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner ‘s office that they will respond to conduct the investigation,” deputy chief Frank Roman, of the US Attorney’s Office, said in a statement. “At the moment no further details will be released as investigators conduct their investigations.”
The deputy chief added that it was unclear at the time whether the car had been closed or opened or if the child had been in a car seat.
After several hours of the scene being examined by law enforcement, the vehicle was towed away.
All that remained on the scene in the following days was a single bouquet of flowers, lying in front of a tree in the family lawn.
“How can this happen? How do you forget? I guess we’re all forgetful, I forgot things in the car. But how do you forget the baby, you know? I don’t know, ”neighbor Alex Krstavski said in an interview with NBC New York.
Although the agents did not release an exact chronology of the girl’s death, local news reported that it was estimated that she was left inside the car on a day when the peaks in New Jersey were in the 1990s.
An autopsy for the child should be performed by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, where the office will determine the official cause and manner of death.
Investigations are ongoing, police said.