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Infant Dies After Being Left in Hot Car in Utah

An 11-month-old infant died after being left in a hot car in Utah Friday, on a scorching day that saw temperatures approach 100 degrees, police said.

Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell told NBC affiliate KSL that the child has been left in her car seat inside the vehicle for “a substantial period of time” before being discovered at 1 p.m. Buell would only say that the case involved a relative, but didn’t identify who was in charge of the child. The high in Hurricane Friday was 97 degrees.

“This incident is very tragic and our hearts go out to those involved, especially the family,” Buell told the station. Police are investigating the case. At least 20 children have died this year after being left inside hot cars, according to the national advocacy group KidsAndCars.org

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