BAYTOWN, Texas—A toddler was rushed to Memorial Hermann Tuesday afternoon after she was left in a hot car, police said.
Investigators said the 2-year-old girl’s father found her unresponsive, but breathing in the back of his car, which was parked at the auto shop he owns in the 900 block of Alexander.
When the father found the girl, he rushed her to a nearby fire station, where paramedics performed CPR until Life Flight arrived.
“It is a little bit early in the season for us to have to deal with a tragedy like this,” said Baytown Police Captain Roger Clifford. “I heard statements made from firefighters that they had grave doubts whether the child would survive.”
Police said the father had taken his other two kids to school on his way to work, but apparently forgot to take the little girl to day care.
“I am just shocked. I couldn’t see him doing anything. It had to be some kind of emergency. I just don’t see how he could do that intentionally at all,” said Gary Roberts Jr., a friend and customer of the father.
The girl was left in the car for approximately three to four hours, investigators said.
She was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening, officials said.
“I hope that even a tragedy can be used to avert another one down the line,” Clifford said. “Somebody hears this or sees this, they will check on those kids really closely and make sure they are safe before they leave.”