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The Telegram
  • Girl dies after being left in vehicle

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  • DOLGEVILLE — A 15-month-old girl died after her father inadvertently left her in a motor vehicle during the day, according to state police.
    Jack Keller, Jr., Troop D public information officer, said Dolgeville police were called to 10 Ransom St. at around 2:47 p.m. Wednesday after it was discovered the girl had been left inside the black Chevy sports utility vehicle for approximately seven hours. He said the case was then turned over to state police to handle.
    “The parents are devastated,” said Keller during an interview outside the home. He said a Troop D criminal victims specialist would help the parents over the next few days.
    Keller said the girl's father, who lives with the mother on Faville Avenue, drove around the corner to the grandfather's home on Ransom Street at about 8 a.m. as part of their routine. The father then took a different vehicle to drive into work.
    “Whether there was a miscommunication [between the father and grandfather] has yet to be determined,” he said.
    Keller said Wednesday the girl's body was sent to a nearby morgue for an autopsy. He said he wasn't sure where exactly the autopsy was going to be performed. He did say, however, “the medical examiner is trying to determine a cause of death.”
    Keller said state police have seen similar cases where a child has died after being left in a car. Highs in Dolgeville reached into the low 70s on Wednesday.
    “It's a tragedy for the parents and the family,” said Keller. “They're devastated at something like this.”
    Keller also said the girl was found in the rear seat, properly restrained.
    Several bystanders walked around Ransom Street, a block away from where the incident took place. Neighbors in a nearby home watched from a screen door as police and media tended to the scene.
    Keller said names weren't being released as of early Wednesday evening. He said more information including names and how the girl died would be released at a later time.
    “There is limited information at this time as it's still an open investigation,” said Keller. “… There's still a lot of follow up that needs to be done.”
    It was unknown whether the child had any siblings.
    Herkimer County District Attorney Jeff Carpenter left Herkimer County Court on Wednesday to respond to the scene.

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