18-month-old girl found dead in hot car, after playing outside with other kids

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ABILENE, Kan. — An 18-month-old girl was found dead in the family car parked at the family’s home Sunday afternoon in Abilene, Kan.

According to Salina.com, the Dickinson County Sheriff was called out at about 6:15 p.m. and found Olivia Ann Engstrom not breathing.

The toddler was reportedly playing outside with her siblings in the 2800 block of Lark Road, about 5 miles northeast of Abilene, when she somehow got shut up in the vehicle.

“We’re not sure how long the child was in the car. She was last seen at about 2 p.m,” Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman told the Salina Journal.

Hoffman said there’s nothing that indicates foul play.

He described what happened as “horrible,” but emphasized he was not judging the parents. Read more of his comments on that in the Salina Journal.

According to kidsandcars.org, this is the 24th U.S. child that has died this year due to heat stroke in a vehicle compared to 12 children last year at this time.

Abilene is about 2 hours and 20 minutes west of Kansas City.