Second toddler trapped in hot car in N.C. dies Saturday

By John Warren, Meghan Hoyer, Patrick Wilson
The Virginian-Pilot
© June 28, 2008

An 18-month-old girl died after wandering from her home with her 2-year-old sister Friday afternoon, and the older sister died early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Clyde Gard, chief of the village’s fire department, said the two girls were found in a neighbor’s car about 30 minutes after they were reported missing.

The girls were reported missing about 2:50 p.m. from a house on Ina Waterfield Road in Manns Harbor, said Sgt. Terry Ballance of the Dare County Sheriff's Office. The neighbor's car was very hot inside, Ballance said.

According to a preliminary report, the girls were playing outside with their older brother when they became trapped in the vehicle, Ballance said.

Gard said both girls were initially unresponsive; the 2-year-old responded after first aid. Both girls were transported to Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head. The 18-month-old was pronounced dead at the hospital, Ballance said. The 2-year-old was taken to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk for treatment.

She died early Saturday morning, the Dare County Sheriff's Office said.

"It just appears to be a very tragic accident," said Lt. Bill Godley of the sheriff's office.

Officials had still not released the girls' names as of 5 p.m. Saturday.

Gard said the girls were local residents. The village is just across the Croatan Sound from Manteo.

In more than 20 years with the fire department, Gard said he had seen no similar cases involving children.

The sheriff's office is investigating the incident.

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