According to KidsAndCars, every year in the United States, an average of 37 kids die after being left in a vehicle by their parents or caregivers. Sadly, “Things like this aren’t supposed to happen, but they do,” said Mark Opgrande of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
On Aug. 4, policemen showed up at the parking lot near Apple Creek Learning Center. They were investigating the case of a 4-month-old baby, who was found dead inside a car, near the daycare facility.
The Oklahoma County sheriff’s office said the infant’s grandmother had arrived at the daycare at around 5:30 p.m. to pick her up.
“They informed her that she did not drop off the child and they went, proceeded to look for the child inside the daycare, they couldn’t find her. That’s when they went out to the vehicle, and then discovered her outside in the back of the car. She was deceased,” Mark Opgrande, a spokesman with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office told CNN affiliate KFOR.
Opgrande said the grandmother, who has full custody of the baby girl, thought she had dropped her grandchild at the daycare, while on her way to work on Friday morning.
Later, the grandmother had apparently left for work, without dropping off her grandchild. The baby was trapped in the car the entire day, while her grandmother was at her place of work in Oklahoma City.
“She apparently had thought that she dropped off the child this morning, which she had not,” Opgrande said.
“She’s being questioned. She’s obviously distraught. This is a tragic situation and that’s why we remind parents all the time. It’s hot out and things like this aren’t supposed to happen but they do,” he added.
“So, we just want to make sure that people understand to take extra care, especially during the summer. And of course, all times of the year, make sure you know where your children are.”
A spokesperson for Apple Creek Learning Center urged everyone to pray for the baby’s family after the tragic accident was posted on Facebook.
“Parents. We have some very very sad news from Apple Creek. A tragic accident with one of our beloved babies. I ask everyone to pray for this precious family. Please. Nothing happened AT Apple Creek but it did occur in our parking lot,” the daycare’s spokesperson wrote.