Authorities say an 11-month-old girl died after being left inside a vehicle for 15 or 16 hours in St. Louis Country, Missouri.
The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District received a call around 4:30 p.m. Sunday about an infant who wasn’t breathing and found the child unresponsive in Calverton Park, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
First responders were unable to revive the small child, stating she suffered from heat-stroke.
The Calverton Park Police Department said 11-month-old Joseline Eichelberger was left in the vehicle for “an extended period of time.”
Mark Flauter, chief medical officer of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District, said the baby’s parents, identified as 27-year-old Matthew Eichelberger and 24-year-old Candace Rucker, came home between midnight and 1 a.m., and at that time, the baby was in the car.
Flauter said Rucker did not see her daughter again until she was found in the car nearly 16 hours later.
Flauter said paramedics described the scene as “chaotic” and said the small baby was “hot to the touch.”
It was approximately 79 degrees (26.11 Celsius) on Sunday in St. Louis Country, according to authorities.
Eichelberger and Rucker were arrested Monday and charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter, KSDK reported. They are being held at the St. Louis County Justice Center on a $50,000 bond.
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