Tennessee child dies after accidentally being left in hot vehicle

Clay Curtis
May 27, 2018

She called her husband and realized the 1-year-old was still in the truck, police said.

Barker reportedly dropped the older child at a day-care center in Nashville but forgot Katera, who was in her vehicle seat in the back of his truck, police said.

They say he drove home, and left the girl in her auto seat.

The child was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The temperature reached 89 degrees in Nashville on Wednesday.

Authorities have not yet identified the girl, or the parents involved.

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The panicked mother called 911 at around 5.42pm as she raced back to the family home.

She removed Katera from the pickup truck and began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. The high temperature was 88 degrees.

The child's adoptive mother found her outside the couple's Nashville home.

The girl's death is the seventh so far this year and all have been children a year old or younger, according to NoHeatstroke.org, a website of hot-car death information compiled by Jan Null. There have been 30 children who have died since 1990. Tragically, this wasn't the case and both the babies died of heat stroke.

According to the Metro police, the dad "forgot about the child" after dropping off her sibling. No charges have been filed, police said.

The Metro Nashville Police Department said their investigation is ongoing, WSMV reported.

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