Tragedy befell a southern Kansas family as a 3-month-old girl died after accidentally being left in a car.
The unidentified tot perished June 8, said the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, which is continuing to investigate the death.
“It’s a tragedy,” said Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet. “A 3-month-old child dying, whether it be in the hands of a perpetrator or in a car, is still a child.”
A 44-year-old mother called for help around 4:30 p.m. to her home near rural Rose Hill. Emergency personnel at the scene discovered the child wasn’t breathing and died at the scene, reported TV station KAKE.
The high temperature in Rose Hill that day was 86º, according to AccuWeather.
The mother claims she returned home from a baby shower in the early afternoon and inadvertently left the baby girl in the vehicle.
“She had commented that she had been very tired,” said Herzet. “She had been up some of the night before off and on. Don’t know if it was with children or for what reason, but she felt like she needed a nap.”
Herzet added she was the mother of six children, ranging in age from the 3-month-old to a 13-year-old.
“It seems like a very good family, very well-natured, took very good care of their children,” said Herzet. "Like I said, it’s been a very tragic event that’s occurred there.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. The infant’s name has not been related.