Baby dies after being left in car for several hours during heatwave
A seven-month-old baby has died after being left in a car for up to five hours as temperatures soared to around 25C. The child, who has been named locally as Chloe Fogarty, was found in an unresponsive state in a car yesterday at 1pm in County Tipperary, Ireland.
A heatwave saw outside temperatures in the area reach 25C and temperatures inside vehicles are often far more extreme. It is understood the infant may have been left in the car from as early as 8.30am.
The baby was airlifted from the village of Dundrum to University Hospital Limerick in a critical condition. But a short time later she passed away. A source said family and friends were heartbroken over the death of the infant.
He said: ‘The weather in Tipperary today was unbelievably hot and sunny. The car was park in an open space where it did not have the protection from the sun. ‘The little girl was unresponsive when taken from the vehicle. Paramedics, who were called to the scene along with gardai worked to save her.
‘She was in such a bad condition the air ambulance was called and took the baby to University Hospital Limerick where a trauma team was waiting for her on arrival. ‘They worked so hard to save her, but she was pronounced dead at 5pm.’
Gardai confirmed they are investigating the death, but are understood to be treating it as a tragic accident. Local Sinn Fein councillor Martin Browne said it was ‘the hottest day of the year so far’ in the area, which would have made conditions more difficult for the child in the car.
Mr Browne offered his deepest sympathies to the parents of the little girl saying it was his hope now that the local community rally around them. He said: ‘I just hope that they’re able to get the support and privacy they’ll need now during this terrible time.’
A post mortem will take place in due course and a file is being prepared for the Coroner.