It appears that a 1-year-old child will be OK after she was left unattended in a locked vehicle in Union Wednesday afternoon.
The baby was in the vehicle for about 20 minutes, with the windows rolled up, police noted. The temperature at the time of the incident was approximately 95 degrees with a heat index of 101 degrees.
According to Union police, the 28-year-old father of the child left his daughter in the car around 3:15 p.m. when he went to Central Elementary School to take care of business related to an older child.
The toddler’s mother arrived at the school 20 minutes later and asked where the girl was.
Police said the father thought the mother had the child. He was unaware that she was in the car seat in the vehicle he had driven to the school, officials noted.
The child was immediately removed from the car and examined by a school nurse and then taken to an area hospital emergency room for an examination.
The incident appears unintentional, police said.
Officials reminded citizens on the Union, Missouri, Police Department Facebook page not to leave children unattended in vehicles.
“Every summer, heartbreaking and preventable deaths happen when children are left alone in hot cars. More than 600 U.S. children have died that way since 1990, according to the nonprofit safety group Kids and Cars,” the post reads.
“These cases happen when kids are left unattended in a hot car — sometimes because the driver forgot the child was there — or when kids get into unlocked cars without any adult knowing it happened. Within minutes, they can be in danger.”
The father was questioned and released pending further investigation.