Toddler's Death Investigated

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Capt. Loyd Baker, commander of the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit, says the death of the unidentified girl appears to be heat-related.

Baker says the girl's siblings may have been playing in the car with her while parents got groceries Friday, but parents later noticed she was not with them.

Baker says the father searched the house near the Echola community and eventually found the girl on the floor of the car by the front passenger seat.

He said the doors were not locked, but were closed along with the windows.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    this is unreal with people every-time someone =does something stupid ... or with malaise there is always someone that says they are victims as well... guess what only .01% are victims terri they fact you post as you did makes me wonder how bad of a parent you are if you cant trust your kid at that age..
  • by weather watcher Location: mdn on Aug 5, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    Heat advisory on the news lately,missing children reports.Why would you leave small children in a car?You as an adult made these kids (that did not ask to be here) should take them into the store with you,they are your responsiblity.If its only for 5 min. take all your kids with you. You are in a cool store kids need to be cool as well.
  • by Terri Location: Meridian on Aug 5, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    So sad this happened! I am praying for this family. I do wonder though, why was such a young child left without adult supervision? I have a 11 yr old and also a 20 month old. I am hesitant to even leave the baby with the 11 yr old for more than 5 minutes just to take a quick shower!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 at 08:27 PM
    here is a fact parents should be held responsible for leaving the car unlocked for a child to get into..10 mins in this heat the temperature in a car will reach 150 degrees 30 mins the temp would reach 190 easy .... child would die in 5 mins in that heat.. I dont care what the parents think they should have thought about it before this happened it is common scene to watch and do things to prevent
  • by WONDERING Location: MISSISSIPPI on Aug 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    I wasnt accussing just wondering. Obvious you must been reading your feeling between the lines. I just made comment and it was general and for all kids who die in cars. I think the public saftey question was in order and I still would like to no exact how long it would take to die in a car under those conditions wether it be a child or a pet. They alway say and we know that it can happened and someone or a pet dies so maybe there should be an expiration time POSTed. People should be more aware of time because just saying you can die is not working. And as for my babysiting comment that was for all parents or caregivers, small kids cant care for themselves so how cant they is watching other small kids? You have to be like 12 or 13 to be a babysitter and be mature enough for the job. And also Facts R Facts if a kids can get into a car, the kids will. Kids love playing cars!!! They honk horn and mess with all the knobs it is fun. I have to watch mine cuz he going straight to that car.
  • by Obvious Location: Meridian on Aug 3, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    Wondering and David... You have no idea what the parents are going through. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
  • by David Location: Meridian on Aug 3, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    I agree wondering. A 19-month old should never be left alone. Especially outside. Such a sad incident.
  • by wondering Location: mississippi on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    How long would it take for a child or an adult to die is a car? Seems like you should know where your child is playing and with who. You cant let kids watch the baby. How long 10 minutes do not think so. 30 mins, an hour how long? And with all the children who have died in hot cars then that should be the first place to look for your missing baby.
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