3-month-old baby dies in hot car while in custody of foster parents

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Baby in Geronimo dies after being left in hot car. (Source: KSWO)

GERONIMO, Okla. – State officials are investigating after a 3-month-old baby girl died after being left in a hot car while she was in the custody of foster parents.

Investigators say 3-month-old Mame Neta Attocknie was left in the back seat of a vehicle for at least 9 hours Tuesday.

Mame was in the custody of foster parents.

Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation say Mame’s foster-father failed to drop her off at daycare Tuesday morning after he took his son to school.

The foster-father, who works a night shift, went home and then to bed, officials say.

After work at approximately 4:30 p.m., the foster-mother went to the daycare and discovered Mame was not there.

She called her husband to check on the child.

Minutes before, the foster-father sent his teenage son to the local Dollar General in the foster father’s vehicle where the child was strapped into a car seat.

Both foster parents rushed to the Dollar General and found Mame dead inside the vehicle.

Police and medical personal were called to the scene.

OSBI special agents spent the night interviewing foster family members and processing the vehicle.

At this time, no arrests have been made.

The case is still under investigation.

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