Georgia — A baby died after being left inside a hot car parked outside a Walgreens store in Danielsville, Georgia.
Local police said officers responded to reports of “an unresponsive child” at a Walgreens store in Danielsville, which is about 16 miles northeast of Athens, on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, which is assisting Danielsville police in the case, the boy’s mother worked at a Walgreens store.
The sheriff’s office estimates that the baby was inside the hot car for three to four hours before the mother discovered the child in the vehicle. Authorities believe the interior temperature of the car exceeded 100 degrees.
The mother, who works at Walgreens, told investigators that she normally drops her two children off at separate daycare centers before going to work, the local Athens Banner-Herald newspaper reported. On Thursday, the 30-year-old woman accidentally left one of her children inside the car.
The mother didn’t realize that she never stopped at the second daycare before getting to work, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.
The 12-month-old baby received emergency help before being rushed to a hospital in Athens, where the boy was eventually pronounced dead, WXIA reported.
This is the third child to die inside a hot car in Georgia since the beginning of the year, according to the organization Kids and Car Safety. Two of those deaths occurred this week.
An investigation into the boy’s death is ongoing.
The sheriff’s office said it is working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to process the evidence, WXIA reported. The office has also contacted the District Attorney’s Office for the Northern Judicial Circuit to determine if any charges are warranted.