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Baby, 9 Months, Found Dead After Dad Leaves Her In Hot Car For Hours

Wed, June 18, 2014 5:42pm EDT by Lauren Cox 10 Comments
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A 9-month-old baby was found dead inside her father’s hot car after he accidentally left her alone for five hours while he was at work. So sad.

Steven Lillie accidentally left his little girl, just 9 months old, strapped in her carseat inside of his closed vehicle for more than five hours while it sat in the sun. Once Steven remembered his baby was in the car, the high 80’s temperature left her unresponsive. Sadly, it was too late for his daughter to be saved.

Baby Girl, 9 Months, Left Inside A Hot Vehicle For 5 Hours By Dad

What a heartbreaking tragedy.

Steven strapped his baby girl, just 9 months old, into her carseat and left for the day on June 16 in Rockledge, Florida. He planned to drop her off at daycare on his way to work, but completely forgot that she was even in the black Dodge pickup truck, reports the Daily Mail.

Once he arrived at work he parked his truck in the sun, closed it up, and headed into the telemarketing office for approximately five hours or so. The report claims that a combination of the high 80’s temperatures mixed with the direct sunlight could have heated the inside of the vehicle to over 100 degrees.

“The temperature would have been brutal,” Rockledge Police Lieutenant Donna Seyferth told the press.

When Steven discovered his unresponsive baby girl inside the back of his truck, his screams could be heard inside of the telemarketing office he worked in. His co-workers called 911, but it was too late for Steven’s daughter. Emergency responders rushed her to Wuesthoff Hospital, but she was already gone.

“She’s been in the car for hours and I, I absolutely forgot about her — she’s not alive,” Steven could be heard telling a 911 operator, according to Click Orlando.

Witnesses claimed that the horrifying realization of what he had done caused Steven to collapse.

As of right now, no charges have been filed against Steven.

— Lauren Cox

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