Pennsylvania girl, 4, dies after being left in hot car for hours

Posted at 10:42 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 22:42:08-04

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A 4-year-old girl is dead after she was left in a hot car in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on a day when the temperature was expected to hit the low 90s, according to police.

Williamsport officials told WNEP the woman who takes care of the girl usually drops the child off at daycare in the morning. But on Friday, instead of dropping the girl off, she apparently went straight to work. When she came out at the end of the day, she found the girl unconscious in the car, officials said.

The girl was in the back seat of the car for most of the day, authorities believe.

According to Williamsport police, the woman did not come out to the car until around 3:30 p.m.

Emergency crews tried to revive the child who was taken to an area hospital where she died.

Neighbors say they saw emergency crews arrive, but didn't know why they had the street blocked off.

"And with today's heat, it’s horrible, horrible, makes me want to cry, Makes me think of my kids, you know, that would never happen but," said Bert Briggs of Williamsport.

"I know she is sad and torn, you know, because she lost a loved one because she left the baby in the car. I mean, damn, wow," said Lonnie Brooks of Williamsport.

The temperature in Williamsport reached 97 degrees Friday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.