DEL CITY, Okla. -- A 6-month-old baby has died after being left in a hot vehicle over the weekend in Del City.
Right now, the case is considered a homicide and police are not releasing many details about what happened, other than the 6 month old was in the care of her mother that Saturday afternoon.
It happened in 4600 block of S.E. 19th Saturday. Police say they made the heart-wrenching discovery in a driveway.
A woman's 6 month old baby girl was found dead inside a vehicle. Police say it was the mother who called 911.
“I need police and an ambulance over here. The baby has been left in the car,” the child’s mother said to a 911 dispatcher.
When officers arrived, they found the distraught mother in the street with the child.
The baby appeared to be 'inadvertently' left in a hot car for an undetermined amount of time, according to police.
Major Jody Suit says crews tried to revive the child, but she showed no signs of life. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police aren’t releasing how long the child may have been left inside the car, only stating that any length of time alone in a hot car is dangerous.
“It doesn’t take very long in a hot car for a child to die in this kind of heat, 5 or 10 minutes can be fatal,” said Suit.
This is the first case of a child being left in a hot car this year in Del City that resulted in death. Nationwide, 17 children have died in hot cars this year.
Oklahoma ranks 12th highest in total child vehicle heatstroke deaths since 1997.
A new report says 53% of those children were mistakenly forgotten in the car by a caregiver, 29% of the children were playing in an unattended vehicle, and 17 % of the children were left because their parents believed it was safe.
Major Suit says it’s best not to take any chances.
“Every time you get out of the car, take them with you. Never leave them in the car. Even a running car can stop and in a matter of minutes it will be dangerously hot,” he said.