Small child, 18 months old, dies in hot car Sunday afternoon near Abilene
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Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2016: 24
Dickinson, KS – An 18-month-old girl, who had been playing outdoors with her siblings, died Sunday after she was found unresponsive inside a hot car at her home in rural Dickinson County.
She was identified as Olivia Ann Engstrom, the daughter of Clifford and Sharon Engstrom.
Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman, who described the incident as “horrible,” said the girl had last been seen “a few hours” before her body was found. He said no foul play was suspected, based on the initial investigation with family members.
Emergency responders were called about 6:15 p.m. Sunday to the family’s home in the 2800 block of Lark Road, about seven miles northeast of Abilene, after Olivia’s parents found her unresponsive inside the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hoffman told The Topeka Capital-Journal on Monday afternoon that Olivia had been outside playing with her siblings when she somehow got into a parked car outside her family’s home.
Hoffman said it hadn’t been determined yet how Olivia got into the car.
“Family members did indicate she was capable of crawling into the vehicle when the doors were open,” he said, “but she wasn’t capable of opening or closing the door.”
Hoffman said the children had been in and out of the family’s home on Sunday afternoon as they played.
“At some point,” Hoffman said, “the young girl got left in the vehicle.”
Information regarding the number of children who were playing and their ages wasn’t available.
Sunday’s high temperature was 92 degrees in Abilene.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine Olivia’s cause of death.