The seven-month-old was found ‘unresponsive’ in a car in Dundrum village in County Tipperary, Ireland, yesterday (25 May 2017).
A baby girl died yesterday after being found in a car on one of the hottest days of the year so far.
It’s been reported that the seven-month-old was due to be dropped off at a crèche yesterday morning, but she never arrived.
Her dad, who works at a local steelworks, reportedly returned to the car just after lunchtime.
When she was found ‘unresponsive’ in the car, emergency services were called.
She was then immediately flown by helicopter to the University Hospital in Limerick, but was pronounced dead shortly after at around 5pm.
Police are now describing the incident as ‘a personal tragedy’ and are liaising with the family.
The baby was the only child of a couple from Kilfeakle in Tipperary, according to Irish broadcaster RTE.
Sinn Fein councillor Martin Browne told the Irish Times it was ‘the hottest day of the year so far in the area’.
Temperatures were above 25°C in the region yesterday.
‘They are a very nice, very respectable family and it is just a complete tragedy,’ Martin Browne said.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has said children should never be left alone in the car, no matter what the weather.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety for RoSPA, said:
‘Our advice is to never leave a child alone in a car for any amount of time – whatever the weather – even if you are popping into the shops for a few moments, as we know of cases where cars have been stolen with a child still inside, toddlers releasing the handbrake or finding matches to play with.
‘The interior of a parked car can heat up very quickly, and children’s bodies heat up much faster than an adult’s – as this tragedy shows, young children can very quickly overheat.’