11-month-old dies after being left in hot car during 70-degree weather in Missouri

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CALVERTON PARK, Mo. — Authorities say an 11-month-old girl has died after being locked inside a car for 15 or 16 hours in suburban St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District received a call around 4:30 p.m. Sunday about an infant who wasn’t breathing and found the child unresponsive in Calverton Park. First responders were unable to revive her.

It’s unclear why the child was left inside the car for so long. The high temperature in St. Louis on Sunday was 79 degrees (26.11 Celsius). Police have questioned two persons of interest in the girl’s death.

In 2017, 43 children in the United States died from being left in hot cars. The CDC says temperatures inside cars can go go up 20 degrees in only ten minutes, and children’s body heat can heat up faster than adults.

Here’s why some people leave their kids and pets in the car, and how to prevent it.

The Kansas City Fire Department Facebook post below shows how temperatures outside translate to inside a car.

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