A child was found dead in a hot car Tuesday afternoon in Blount County.
The child – a 2-year-old boy – was discovered in his grandparents’ vehicle in the afternoon.
The discovery was made at Kids Campus daycare on Alabama 75 in Oneonta.
Authorities initially reported the child to be 3 years old, but later updated that information.
Oneonta police Chief Charles Clifton said family members of the toddler found the child at 3:06 pm
Though the car was at the daycare, he said, the child was not under the supervision of the daycare.
“A family member transported/found him deceased around 3 pm at the local facility,” Clifton said. “The child may have been inside the car for an extended time throughout the day.”
The investigation is ongoing by Oneonta police, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Blount County DHR.
District Attorney Pamela Casey said her office will review findings to determine whether charges will be filed in the case.
“It’s horrible,” Moon said. “It affects everyone, not just the family and the victim but all first responders.”
“It’s catastrophic,” the sheriff said. “It’s the worst of the worst anytime there’s a child death.”
According to Kidsandcars.org, the boy is the 28th child to die in a hot car in the US in 2022, and the first confirmed in Alabama this year. Also on Tuesday, an 8-month-old girl died after being left in a hot car for about an hour according to the Jacksonville Police Department in Florida.
Tuesday’s temperature was in the low 90s.
Experts said at that temperature, the inside air temperature of the car could have been in excess of 135 degrees.
Objects or a person inside the car in direct sunlight would have been significantly hotter, Jan Null, adjunct professor of meteorology at San Jose University and a “hot car” death expert, has previously said.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.