Investigator: P&G employee left 15-month-old who died unattended in car all day

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MASON, OH (FOX19) –

A 15-month-old girl has died after being left in an SUV that was in the Mason Procter and Gamble parking lot on Wednesday, according to Warren County Coroner Dr. Russell Uptegrove.

Police discovered the infant just before 5 p.m.

Doyle Burke, the chief investigator of the Warren County Coroner’s Office said the mother, an employee of P&G, left the baby unattended in the SUV all day.

“Appears to be all day, roughly 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mother of the little girl called 911 upon the discovery,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing, but Uptegrove said the heat in the car could have lead to the child’s death.

“On appearance, certainly the child left in the car even though it wasn’t sweltering hot today it’s obviously going to be hotter in the car. And certainly a 15-month old is more susceptible to something like this than an adult, so that’s the theory we’re working on,” Burke said.

The back windows of the SUV are tinted, so a person walking past wouldn’t have easily seen the baby in the back seat.

Right now, police say this all appears to be an awful accident.

Burke said in the cases where a parent leaves a child in the car it’s usually due to a change in schedule or some switch in a daily routine.

“Anytime something like this happens it’s a wake up call to anyone who has children – just be careful,” he said.

The name is not being released at this time.

An autopsy will be done Thursday morning to learn more about the child’s death.

Police are not saying if any charges will be filed.

“We are aware of a tragic accident that took place on the campus of P&G’s Mason Business Center earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected family. We are providing our full support to both the family and local officials,” Director of Global Company Communications Damon D. Jones said.

Ten years ago on Aug. 23, 2007, Brenda Nesselroad Slaby left her 2-year-old daughter Cecilia inside her SUV in the parking lot of the school where she was an assistant principal.

Temperatures reached 100 degrees that day. She shared her story with Oprah Winfrey in 2008.

“I opened my car door and I remember hearing the voices around me… teachers who were close to me screaming. I grabbed Cecelia out of the car. I remember feeling the car seat come with her. I think I yanked her so hard to get her out. I took her and I knew she was gone,” Slaby said in the interview.

She became the focus of judgment, anger and controversy as prosecutors filed no charges.

Slaby told Oprah she was the most hated mom in America.

Just one year later, Aug. 21, 2008, Jodie Edwards, a professor at Cincinnati Christian University forgot to drop off 11-month-old Jenna at daycare. She died in a sweltering hot car.

According to Jan Null, an adjunct professor and research meteorologist at San Jose State University, the death Wednesday in Mason, OH is the 34th pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths nationwide in 2017, and the first in Ohio. Since 1998, 734 infants and children have died in hot vehicles in the United States, with 19 of those in Ohio.

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