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Child found dead in hot car parked at University of Southern Indiana

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 17:48:22-04

VANDERBURGH CO. — A child left in a hot car at the University of Southern Indiana on Tuesday has died, according to ABC affiliate WEHT in Evansville.

In a breaking report from Tristate Homepage, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff says police received a call around 1:45 p.m. after the father of the toddler found his child inside the vehicle. The parent of the child is a USI employee.

According to a sheriff's deputy, the young child had been in the car since early morning Tuesday.

KidsAndCars.org documented 52 children that died in a hot car in 2018, marking it as the worst year in history for child hot car deaths. The orginization has documented 14 children that have died in Indiana in hot cars since 1997.

According to KidsAndCars.org, hot car deaths continue happening because "nobody believes this could happen to them."