New Braunfels infant dies in hot car

by Calily Bien, KENS 5 Staff & Sarah Forgany/KENS 5
Posted on March 8, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Updated today at 9:56 PM

NEW BRAUNFELS – A 6-month-old girl is dead after being left in a hot car for more than 8 hours on Tuesday.

Lt. Michael Penshorn, with the New Braunfels Police Department, says they were called to the 700 block of Landa St. just after 5 p.m. for a child who had been left in a vehicle.

When emergency responders arrived, they found the child still strapped to the child seat; she was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was later transported to Christus New Braunfels and then the Zoeller Funeral Home.

Penshorn said initial information indicates the mother came to work around 8 a.m. and inadvertently left the child in the vehicle. As she was leaving work for the day, she noticed that the child was still in the vehicle.

According to the community newspaper the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, the mother, Kayla Carlson, is an employee at the Herald-Zeitung newspaper.

The article also says that Carlson forgot to drop the child off at daycare before she came to work.

The Publisher of the Herald-Zeitung, Doug Toney, is quoted as saying “the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung family is devastated ... Kayla is a valued employee. We all were able to watch her and support her in her pregnancy; her colleagues here threw her a baby shower at work.”

The case is still under investigation, it is unknown if the mother will face any charges or not.

“We’re looking at all the different aspects of what exactly happened and I think we’ll come to a conclusion. We’ll have a better understanding on that,” says Penshorn.

KENS 5's Chief Meteorologist, Bill Taylor, says the high in New Braunfels on Tuesday was 84 degrees.