Deputies say 3-year-old girl in South Carolina dies after being found in hot car

A tragic incident occurred in South Carolina on Friday, resulting in the unfortunate death of a 3-year-old girl who was discovered inside a hot car. This heartbreaking news serves as a reminder of the dangers associated with leaving children unattended in vehicles.

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The child, identified as Armani Shoemaker, was sadly discovered by the Richland County Coroner’s Office, as reported by WIS-TV. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies promptly responded to a call about a missing person in Columbia around 1 p.m. EDT on May 3, as stated by the television station.

Deputies discovered Shoemaker inside a vehicle during their investigation of the scene, as reported by WACH-TV. The child was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, according to the television station.

According to the Kids & Car Safety website, Shoemaker’s tragic death marks the first hot car fatality of 2024. The website highlights that there were at least 29 hot car-related deaths in 2023.

It remains unclear how the child managed to enter the vehicle.

On Friday, the temperatures in Columbia soared into the 80s.

“Our hearts are shattered by the untimely demise of Armani due to this unforeseen tragedy,” stated Coroner Naida Rutherford. “Losing a child is an unimaginable situation, and our deepest condolences and prayers are with this grieving family. We remain committed to collaborating with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in conducting a thorough investigation into this incident.”

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