The body of a 10 month old baby girl was discovered in a hot car parked in front of a residence in Wichita, Kansas early Thursday evening. Police were called to the home where the car was parked shortly before 7pm and found the girl unresponsive after she had reportedly been in the car for two hours. The high temperature in Wichita on Thursday was 90 degrees, and at that temperature, the inside of a car can rapidly rise to 135 degrees in an hour.
The child was in the foster care of two men who were taken in for questioning, one, 29-year-old Seth M. Jackson, has been arrested and charged with aggravated child endangerment.
Despite the constant reminders in all forms of media not to leave pets or children in the car, so far this year there have been 18 deaths, including this one, of young children in hot cars. Although this is the first heat-related death in Wichita this year.
The child’s grandmother Cindy Poe spoke to a reporter for KWCH saying that the two men had also cared for her other two granddaughters before they were removed by police and taken into protective custody following the death. She said that the two had always taken excellent care for her grandchildren and that right now she just wants some answers explaining how this happened.
“I just want see her, I just want to hold her, you know, for the last time,” Poe told KWCH. “That’s what I’m trying to fight. They don’t know if I can do that, I’m trying to fight to hold her.”
Watch the KWCH report below.