Toddler dies in hot car while mother takes a nap

A two-year-old girl has died in a hot car in a driveway while her mother was taking a nap inside the house.

The woman called officers at 12.42pm on Monday to say she had woken up and could not find her daughter, said police in San Diego, California.

She then called back to say she had found the child inside a car.

Officers arrived at the scene – in the city’s Tierrasanta suburb – but the toddler was pronounced dead just after 1pm.

Police did not say if the mother had left the child in the car, or provide any details as to how she got inside.

The child’s father identified her as Scarlett Grace Harris.

San Diego’s child abuse unit took over the investigation on Tuesday.

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“This is tough. It hits home. It could happen to any of us,” a neighbour told local TV station NBC7.

“I’m a mother, we go through a lot being military spouses, you know, with our significant others, just in life in general and this is just so unfortunate.”

The neighbourhood is filled with housing used by personnel from local military bases.

Last month, a father of 11-month-old twins was charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide in New York after he left the children in his car for hours.

Source: SKY NEWS

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