This is so sad…
A 14-month-old girl died after being left in a baking hot car while her father attended church.
Kimberly James is believed to have been in the vehicle for over three hours with sweltering temperatures in Florida reaching over 100 degrees.
Her lifeless body was discovered when her father Odane returned to his car after the church service in Miramar near Miami.
Other parishioners tried to revive the baby, but she was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
The dead girl’s father is believed to be a pastor at the Holiness Born Again Church and had been taking part in the morning service.
Police said charges are pending the outcome of an investigation.
Toddler Kimberly was found at about 3:15pm on Sunday after services finished at the church, police spokeswoman Tania Rues said. The tragic girl’s father Odane returned to his car and discovered Kimberly inside, Rues added.
Guy Italien, who owns the Chez Guyto restaurant next door to the church, told the Miami Herald: “I saw a police officer come here. Then many, many more.”
A customer told him that a baby had been left in the car at the church.
He went outside and saw an officer holding the small motionless girl with hordes of people crying and screaming around her, Italien said.
The restaurant owner said he recognized the little girl as part of the church pastor’s family.
Minutes after a rescue truck arrived, she was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood where she was pronounced dead.
Hours after the tragedy, devastated worshippers remained at the church in shocked silence while police officers gathered evidence and took pictures of the site nearby.
Investigators believe Kimberly was in the vehicle for about three hours.
Kimberly is the the 49th child to die in the U.S. this year after being left in a hot car, according to statistics gathered by the group Kids and Cars.
President Janette Fennell told the Miami Herald: “The most important thing to understand is that this can happen to anyone. If anything, it does tend to happen to the better parents.
“As little as 8 per cent involve drugs and alcohol. This can happen to college professors and dentists and ministers, really the pillars of our society.”
It is the sixth time in Florida this year that a child has died after being left in a hot car.
This is just terrible and we can’t understand, after all the stories about this issue that have been in the media, why parents continue to leave their kids inside vehicles for extended periods of time.
Just running inside a store for five minutes is one thing, but leaving your kid to bake in the car for three hours while you go to Church?
R.I.P. to the poor precious baby.