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Baby left in car dies from heat


St. Louis, MO. – A seven-month-old baby is dead after being found in the heat of a parked car at the Washington University School of Medicine.

The child's parents are a doctor and a medical researcher. The child has been identified as Sophia Knutsen.

Police say a woman spotted the baby, sought help and broke a car window to remove the child. The baby was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Temperatures Thursday in St. Louis were in the upper 90s.

Police say the child had been in her father's car in a rear-facing seat for about three hours, but the father believed his wife had the child.

Hours later, a two-year-old child was found dead in a car in Cincinnati.

Health officials say children and pets can become seriously ill or die if left in an unattended vehicle, even for a very short time.


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