Toddler passes away after being left in hot car at USI

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A sheriff says a child has died after being left in a car for several hours on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana near Evansville.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says his office received a call of a medical emergency around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. He says the child attended the university’s day care and that the father left the child in the car “accidentally for several hours.”

Wedding says the child’s father is employed by the university. Neither the child nor the father was immediately identified.

Sheriff’s Maj. Jason Ashworth said the child was a male toddler. He says the boy was properly restrained in a child safety seat.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Evansville reached 89 before 1:45 p.m.

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