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2-year-old found dead in hot car in Utah


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ST. GEORGE, Utah — A 2-year-old was found dead after being left in a hot car in St. George Saturday, police said.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in Winchester Hills around 6:35 p.m. after receiving calls of an unresponsive child. When they arrived, they determined the child had already died.

The outside temperature in St. George around the time was about 106 degrees.

More than five families were at a family reunion in the area with 25 to 30 children. The families had traveled to St. George for an activity early Saturday, then returned to Winchester Hills later that same day, according to police.

Police suspect the child fell asleep in the car on the way back to Winchester Hills and didn’t leave the vehicle with everyone else afterward. The adults at the family reunion then left for a “religious meeting” and didn’t notice the child was missing until after they returned a few hours later.

Family then searched the residence and the surrounding area. The child was found unresponsive in the car by the father.

The child’s name has not yet been released. Police are still investigating the incident.

Investigators said the incident appears to be “a tragic accident.”

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