New Jersey toddler who died in hot car in Franklin Township was 2-year-old girl

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (WPVI) — Authorities have released more details about the death of a toddler in a hot car in New Jersey, a tragedy that serves as a stark warning to parents to be careful not to leave children unattended in vehicles.

The investigation is ongoing into the incident, which took place around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Summerall Road in Franklin Township, Somerset County.

On Wednesday, officers identified the victim as a two-year-old girl.

Franklin Township Police responded to a call from a child in cardiac arrest, and responding officers arrived at a neighbor who is a member of a local fire department who performs CPR on the unresponsive child.

Officials helped attempt lifesaving measures until several medical units from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital arrived on the scene, but the child was subsequently pronounced dead.

Her identity has not been made public.

Neighbors described the distraught parents.

“They just screamed in pain and fear,” Treana Huntley said. “I heard the father scream uncontrollably, and then I heard the mother start whining and really sobbing.”

The preliminary investigation found that the girl had been left unattended in a vehicle, although the exact length of time the child was in the vehicle and the circumstances of the events remain unclear.

The toddler is believed to have been left in her car seat sometime Tuesday morning, and it wasn’t until hours later that someone noticed and called 911.

“It was heartbreaking,” Huntley said. “As a mother, I almost burst into tears. Just hearing that pain from another mother was very hurtful. I don’t wish that on anyone.”

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Somerset County Attorney’s Office for Serious Crimes at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533, or 1-888 the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line -577-TIPS (8477).

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