22-month-old Port St. Lucie girl dies after being left in hot car


A 22-month-old girl died after being found in her parents' car under the hot sun, a sheriff's official said.

The girl's mother found the girl in the car parked outside her home Sunday at 1:30 p.m., St. Lucie County Sheriff's spokesman Robert Vega said. She was sweating and appeared to be having a seizure. The girl's mother called authorities and rushed her into the shower to try to cool her down, Vega said.
"Her parents told us the girl had a fascination with cars, loved car rides and sitting in her booster seat," Vega said. "It appears she went in the vehicle without her parents' knowing."

No charges have been filed. Interviews are still ongoing, but the girl's death has thus far been ruled an accident, he said.
Her parents, Rudy and Cherina Joseph, told authorities they were painting in the garage while their four children - ages 7, 6, 5 and 22 months - played outside. The parents then went inside, called the kids in the home and took a shower, Vega said.

Soon after, the mother went to the car to go to the store with two of her children when she discovered the girl. The girl was in the car about 30 minutes to an hour, Vega said.

The mother called an ambulance, which took her to St. Lucie Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about an hour after being found.