10-month-old girl left in hot car at grocery store died en route to the hospital
RICHMOND, Va. — A baby girl left in a hot car died Tuesday afternoon, July 16 in Richmond, Virginia, Crime Insider sources told WTVR.
The child, believed to be a 10-month-old, was left in the SUV while the adult she was with went grocery shopping, those sources said.
The car was then driven to a home along the 4600 block of Britannia Road, between Broad Rock Boulevard and Warwick Road, in South Richmond. That’s where emergency crews responded just before 2 p.m.
The child, who was in cardiac arrest, died on the way to the hospital, according to Crime Insider sources.
Richmond police confirmed that they were in the early stages of a possible heat-related infant death investigation. Foul play was not immediately suspected.
Jan Hull, an adjunct professor and research meteorologist at San Jose State said it doesn’t take long for temperatures to hit the deadly mark.
“112 degrees inside in 10 minutes. The temp then would climb to about 125 in a half-hour, and 135 and above in an hour,” Hull said. “Smaller infants… their surface area for perspiration compared to body mass is not good, so they get overcome by heat much faster than an adult, and their body temps rise three to five times faster.”
Crime Insider sources said detectives want to know why the 911 call was made from the Britannia Road home instead of the parking lot of the grocery store where she was left.
Temperatures in Richmond Tuesday afternoon were in the low 90s, with a “feels like” temperature between 101 and 103.