3-year-old trapped in stifling car dies a day after being rescued, Missouri police say

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A 3-year-old girl was left in a hot car and died the next day, according to Missouri authorities.

The Carthage Police Department responded to a call about an unresponsive person at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, Lt. Eric Miller told McClatchy News on Monday, Aug. 15.

Officers said they found a toddler unresponsive in a hot vehicle.

Temperatures in Carthage reached 94 degrees on Thursday, AccuWeather data shows.

The girl was taken to a local hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Joplin for further treatment, Miller said. The girl died from her injuries on Saturday, according to police.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing, Miller said.

Vehicles are known to heat up quickly when left in the sun, posing serious danger to anyone inside, Live Science reported. Temperatures inside a vehicle left in 95-degree heat will reach, on average, 116 degrees within an hour, the outlet said, citing a research study. The dashboards, steering wheels and seats will get even hotter.

Carthage is about 155 miles south of Kansas City.

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