Child dies, left in car more than 8 hours

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A child died after being left in a hot car on Wednesday, according to the Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce.

Our sister station, WXIA, reports that the father went to work around 9 a.m. Police say he was expected to bring his 22-month-old boy to daycare. Instead he went to work, apparently forgetting the child was strapped in his car seat in the back of the vehicle.

As he was driving home from work around 4 p.m., he noticed that his son was in the back seat and pulled over at Akers Mill Square on Cobb Parkway.

The father tried to perform CPR on the boy, according to a witness. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police took the father in for questioning. It's unclear if he will be charged. The high temperature in Atlanta was 91 degrees, according to WXIA meteorologist Chris Holcomb.

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Just weeks ago, a new campaign called "Look Again" was launched in Georgia. In the ad, state leaders and a the father of a 2-year-old heatstroke victim remind everyone to take the little bit of time to look again before you leave your vehicle. That means checking the front and back of your car and then, just to be sure, look again. Anyone who sees a child left alone in a vehicle is urged to call 911.


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