3-month-old girl dies after being left in hot car
The Butler County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate after a three-month-old girl died in a car this weekend.
"It is a tragedy," said Herzet. "A three-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 on Saturday around 4:30 p.m. to her home near 160th Street and Meadowlark Road, in a rural area outside of Rose Hill.
The child was found not breathing and died at the scene.
Investigators learned that the mother had returned home from a baby shower around 12:30 p.m. and left the child in the car.
"She had commented that she had been very tired. She'd 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. She laid down about 12:30 p.m. and slept 'til about 4 o'clock," he said.
Herzet said the couple had six children, five of whom were adopted, ranging in age from three-months-old to 13-years-old.
"It seems like a very good family, very well-natured, took very good care of their children. Like I said, it's been a very tragic event that's occurred there," said Herzet.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. The infant's name has not been released.
This is the 11th child who has died in a car this year. Last year, there were 52.
Sheriff for @ButlerCountyKS says they’re still investigating the death of a 3mo girl who died on Saturday.— Lily Wu KAKE News (@KansasLily) June 10, 2019
He says the mother left the baby in the car from approximately 12:30pm to 4pm.
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