Infant girl dies after being left for three hours in a locked SUV in Homewood

By Carol Robinson |
updated July 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

HOMEWOOD, Alabama - An infant left inside a closed SUV in Homewood for three hours during the heat of the day today has died.

The 11-month-old girl was discovered by her mother about 1:20 p.m., police said. The temperature outside was about 90 degrees; inside the car it was more than 120 degrees, authorities said.

Family members of the girl are being questioned now by Homewood police. Authorities said the mother went to work at Genesis Nail Spa about 10 a.m. She apparently forgot she had the girl with her until she received a call from the babysitter asking why she didn't drop off the girl.

The mother then went to her car and found her daughter unresponsive. The Lexus SUV was parked on 28th Avenue South in Homewood.

Homewood police Sgt. Andrew Didcoct said paramedics began CPR on the girl, but their efforts were unsuccessful. "Right now the detectives are just gathering information,'' Didcoct said.

Nail salon customers and nearby business owners were visibly upset outside the salon this evening. A sign on the salon door read, "We're Closed. Family Emergency."