This is completely devastating. In a horrific tragedy, a 4-year-old girl from Pennsylvania died on July 22 after her caretaker left her alone in a hot car for HOURS during a record-breaking heat wave. SO awful!
The little girl, identified in an NBC10 report as Samaria Kay Motyka, was reportedly supposed to be dropped off at a Williamsport daycare center in Pennsylvania by her babysitter on July 22, but instead, she was left inside the car during the day while the unidentified woman went to work. And as a result of being stuck in a sweltering car for hours, Samaria died. Our hearts are absolutely breaking for the toddler’s family.
The caretaker came out to her car at approximately 3:30 p.m., which is when she found Samaria unresponsive. Police were then called to the scene and administered first aid before rushing the child to Williamsport Regional Medical Center. However, the child was tragically pronounced dead upon arrival.
The temperature in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, reached 97 degrees the day of Samaria’s death as the Northeast is in the midst of its longest heat wave since 2013, NBC Philadelphia later reported. “With today’s heat, it’s horrible, horrible. Makes me want to cry,” a Williamsport resident told local news station WNEP of the incident. And many social media users agree.
This Hurts My Heart!!! https://t.co/E0W2UZ3RIL
— Cashflow (@cashflowharlem) July 25, 2016
— Lynne Allison (@LazDbq) July 24, 2015
4- year old little girl dies in Pennsylvania after being left in a hot car all day. The woman should be thrown under the jail.
— KT (@sloyoroll01973) July 23, 2016
“This hurts my heart,” one person posted on Twitter along with a link to an article about Samaria’s death. Another wrote, in reaction to another recent hot car death, “I’ll never understand why this happens…” And honestly, we can’t either. What a horrific tragedy!
The day after Samaria’s death, an autopsy was conducted at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Authorities are currently awaiting toxicology results before deciding whether to file criminal charges against the babysitter. We can’t even imagine what this little girl’s parents are going through! Even worse, the incident is one of many across the country that have already been reported in 2016. A whopping 20 hot car deaths have been reported in the United States so far this year alone, according to noheatstroke.org.
Our thoughts are with Samaria’s friends and family at this very difficult time. HollywoodLifers, please express your condolences below.