An 11-month-old child died after she was left inside her father's car Friday in temperatures that reached 90 degrees, police officials said.
The car was parked in the driveway of a home in Springfield, Virginia. Records show the home is a licensed day care facility.
Police said the father dropped off an older child at the day care and left for “several hours.” Just before 5 p.m., he got back into the SUV and drove to the day care center to pick up the older child.
Shortly after he arrived, the father realized his daughter had been in the back of vehicle the whole time.
“This was a tragic accident,” police said.
The baby was rushed to a hospital by ambulance but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.
Experts have long recommended the safety tip of putting a purse or phone in the back seat, near the car seat to be sure to reach back before getting out.
The child's exact cause and manner of death will be determined by a medical examiner.