Police say a one-year-old child who was left inside a hot car for several hours died earlier this week.
The incident occurred Thursday in Danielsville, Georgia, and the child’s mother was a Walgreens store employee, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
The mayor’s office said the woman had been inside the store “for an indefinite amount of time before she spotted the baby in the car,” according to a local website. NBC affiliate WXIA.
The Danielsville Police Department said officers responded to an “unresponsive” child at the Walgreens location.
Later it was announced that the child had passed away. This is an active investigation and we are working with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,” He said in a statement.
The sheriff’s office believes the child has been inside the hot car, where temperatures exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit, for several hours, according to WXIA.
The woman and child have not yet been identified. She told detectives she accidentally left her baby in the car, a police spokesperson told Athena Banner Herald.
The woman has not yet been charged with a crime, but the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
It comes on the heels of another tragic accident earlier this week in Virginia, where a father committed suicide after discovering his infant had died inside a hot car.