Two-Year-Old Found Dead Inside Hot Car In Clermont Co.

The Clermont County Coroner's office has been called to Glen Este Middle School in Union Township after a two-year-old girl apparently died inside a hot vehicle Thursday afternoon.

Union Township dispatchers say the two-year-old girl was found in her mother's silver Mercedes SUV just after 3 p.m., with the vehicle's windows completely rolled up.

9 News Reporter Jay Warren has learned that the child was left in the SUV for several hours, and according to a Union Township police department official, temperatures in the car easily could have reached 115 degrees.

It's believed that the young girl's mother is an employee at the school.

Glen Este Middle School is located at 4342 Glen Este Withamsville Road .



Girl in car for hours

UNION TWP - The 2-year-old girl found dead in her motherís car Thursday was in the vehicle from at least 8 a.m. until about 3 p.m., said a spokeswoman for the Clermont County coronerís office.

An autopsy was performed this morning on Cecilia Slaby, who was discovered in the car parked outside at Glen Este Middle School, where her mother, Brenda Slaby, is an assistant principal.

The girl was strapped in a rear car seat. None of the windows was left down. Emergency crews tried to resuscitate her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The preliminary determination is the child died of systemic hyperthermia, or heat-related causes, according to Debbie Hawkins, an administrative assistant/investigator for Clermont County coroner Dr. Brian Treon.

Calls from people who spotted Cecilia began flooding the Union Township Police Department around 3:14 p.m., Lt. Scott Gaviglia said.

When officers arrived in the parking lot of the school, at 4342 Glen Este Withamsville Road, they found the child.

The temperature in the area was at least 98 degrees from noon on, according to Union Township police. It would have been much hotter inside the car.

Clermont County Prosecutor Don White said the death was apparently an accident and no decision would be made on whether the mother would be charged with a crime such as child endangering until after a complete investigation by police.

Gaviglia said the investigation might be finished Sunday. Police might try to meet with White as early as Monday.

The case is the top priority of police, and most of the departmentís six detectives are gathering information, Gaviglia said. They are putting together a timeline of what happened to the child over the course of the day.

Slaby was apparently at the school for a faculty meeting, Gaviglia said. School is to begin Monday.

The office of Hamilton County coroner Dr. Oídell Owens performed the autopsy.

The childís body will remain in the Hamilton County morgue until claimed by a funeral home on behalf of the family, Hawkins said.