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Child Dies in Hot Car Near Abilene

KSAL Staff - August 2, 2016 6:37 am

photo from KSN News / Chris Arnold

photo from KSN News / Chris Arnold

Officials with the Dickinson County Sheriff’s office confirm 18-month-old Olivia Ann Engstrom was found dead early Sunday evening in the 2800 block of Lark Road outside of Abilene.

Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman says the sheriff’s office received the call around 6:15 p.m. and found thephtot child not breathing inside a vehicle outside a home.

“The vehicle was at the home and what we’ve been able to determine so far is that the children were playing on and off throughout the afternoon,” said Hoffman. “It appears as though while some of the children were playing outside [she] was left inside the vehicle.”

Hoffman says the girl was pronounced dead at the scene. They are currently trying to put together a definitive timeline, but at this point say the parents were inside while the children were playing outside. The parents said the last time they remembered seeing the girl was around 2 p.m.

“It’s still pretty early in the investigation, nothing at this time leads us to believe that there is foul play,” said Hoffman. “We will just have to work through the case and see what the end result is. I’m not going to speculate on any criminal charges at this time.”

He said with the heat we’re facing this week, it’s important that people slow down.

“Just a reminder for everybody to slow down and be mindful of the heat,” he said. “It’s easy for us to get busy and get caught up in all the things that we need to do and we need to be mindful of the heat regardless of age, young, old–it doesn’t matter. Heat is a very dangerous thing and it can certainly take over the human body pretty quickly if not monitored.”

Kidsandcars.org says this is the 24th U.S. child that has died this year due to heat stroke in a vehicle compared to 12 children last year at this time.

Story from : KSN News


Doug Clemens

August 4, 2016 at 9:46 am

I cannot believe that the Dickinson Sheriff made these statements. These parents never checked on the kids outside playing especially the 18 month all who died in 4 hours??? What is wrong here? What were they doing that was so important for 4 hours they could not see what the kids were up to. The sheriff should be arresting these parents and the state should be looking at what is best for the other children living in that house.

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