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Roanoke Infant Dies Of Apparent Heatstroke After Being Left In Closed Van

A prayer vigil was held last night for a two-year old girl who police say died Sunday after being left in a car seat in 90 degree heat. It happened in Roanoke.

Police say they received a report of an unresponsive child around 4:30 Sunday. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation indicates a parent accidently left the girl in a car seat, in a van, parked in the driveway. Temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees Sunday.

About 50 people gathered in the family’s front yard last night and held hands as a pastor prayed aloud that God would “lift up this little girl,” and “bring comfort to the family.”

So far this year, there have been at least 24 deaths around the country of children left in cars. Over half were “forgotten” by a caregiver.