Suffolk County police in New York reported that a 54-year-old grandmother left her toddler granddaughter in a car seat inside a Jeep Cherokee when she went to work on Monday.
According to the NYPD, a 14-month-old child died after her grandmother left her in a heated vehicle for eight hours.
The body temperature of Chyasia Evans reportedly reached 106 degrees.
According to authorities, the baby’s grandmother did not discover her error until she left work on Monday to pick up the youngster from daycare.
On Tuesday night, members of the toddler’s devastated family held a candlelight vigil to remember the little girl who had passed away.
On Monday, Smithtown reached a high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius), but automobile interiors may quickly reach dangerously high temperatures.
One hundred-six degrees is around seven degrees higher than the typical temperature for youngsters and about the threshold at which newborn deaths occur.
Dozens of people, including Jessica Watkins, Chyasia’s mother, gathered at the site of her death on Tuesday night to hold a candlelight vigil.
A row of red balloons and plush animals was placed around the SUV’s parking spot, where it had been the day before.
Holding an Elmo doll, Watkins gave a heartfelt homage to her daughter, saying she would now be her guardian angel.
Derrick Rountree, Chyasia’s godfather, started a GoFundMe page, posting photos of the infant smiling and playing with her mother and an Elmo mascot.
No arrests have been made, Suffolk County police stated Wednesday morning.
According to authorities, the grandmother dropped off the kid at daycare and returned eight hours later to find that she had forgotten her granddaughter in the vehicle.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 40 children die from heatstroke yearly after being left or accidentally locked in a vehicle. The leading cause of kid automobile accidents is caretaker forgetfulness.
On Monday, Smithtown reached a high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can become considerably hotter inside a vehicle.
Some automobiles already include cutting-edge technology within most people’s price range. Toyotas warn drivers to check the back seat if it detects weight as they depart the car.
Nearly 950 children have perished after being left in hot vehicles over the last 25 years.