Toddler dies after being left in car

Police are investigating the death of a toddler, found in a car at a home on CR 650 E., Brownsburg. (Photo: WTHR)
Toddler Dies After Being Left in Car in Hendricks County
Child dead after being left in car

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — A 21-month-old girl died near Brownsburg after being left in a car.

It happened around 5:25 p.m. on Sunday in the 8000 block of North County Road 650 East.

The family told investigators they had returned home from church in the afternoon and believed that someone had taken the toddler out of the car and put her down for a nap.

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"At this point, it seems to be a horrible tragedy," said Hendricks County Sheriff's Captain Amanda Goings.

According to the sheriff's department, the family, two parents and five children had gotten home hours earlier.

"They got the family out of the vehicle. The members of the family out of the vehicle and it was believed that all the children were out of the vehicle and eventually the family members went into the home to nap," Goings said.

When the family awoke later, a search for the child ensued. They eventually located her in the family's Honda Odyssey van.

"They dialed 911 immediately and started all life-saving procedures that they could, but were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead on the scene," Goings said.

Investigators say it was 80 degrees outside at the time. According to the website, it doesn't take long for temperatures inside a vehicle to become deadly.

With an 80 degree outdoor temperatures, the inside of a car will feel like it's 99 degrees after only ten minutes. After 30 minutes, it goes up to 114.

"When you've got a vehicle locked up and there is no air coming in or out, the sun's beating down, it's obviously going to be much hotter in there becoming a dangerous situation," said Goings.

The sheriff's department, CPS and the coroner's office are investigating, but it's unlikely there will be any criminal charges filed.

This would be the second child in Indiana to die in a hot car this year. Three-year-old Oliver Dill died in Evansville on July 9.

According to, 36 children have died in hot cars in the U.S. this year.

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