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2-year-old girl found deceased in car at Salisbury VA

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Police in Salisbury are investigating after a toddler was found deceased inside a vehicle at the W.A. Hefner VA Medical Center Thursday.

At 4:37 pm, police were called to the VA center, on the 1600 block of Brenner Avenue, to assist the VA Police after they received a call from a worker at the facility who saw a child in a vehicle behind Building 7. 

When officers arrived, they said they "forcibly entered a black Chevrolet passenger car and retrieved the child who was strapped in her car seat." 

VA Police officers broke the window and cut the straps on the car seat to remove the child.

CPR was administered until fire and EMS arrived, but the 2-year-old female was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

"We were heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of an employee's child on our campus late yesterday afternoon. We are a close-knit family here at the Salisbury VA Medical Center and we want to extend our deepest condolences to all those suffering from this loss. We ask the community to please keep all of those impacted in your thoughts and prayers," Marlous Black of the VA Medical Center said in a statement.  "VA is cooperating with the Salisbury Police Department as they conduct their investigation.  We are committed to helping our employees cope with this painful loss and our teams are standing by to offer any support they need."  

Captain Shelia Lingle of the Salisbury Police Department said that the child had been left in the car since approximately 7:55 am and not discovered until 4:30 pm.

Lingle pointed out that when the outside temperature is 74 degrees, the temperature inside of a closed car can reach in excess of 125 degrees.

If it is determined that the child died from hyperthermia, it would be the third such death in North Carolina this year and the 37th in the United States, Lingle said, citing research.

Officials said the mother of the child, whose name has not been released, worked at the facility.

Salisbury Police detectives are working the case with the assistance of the VA Police.  The child's body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill where an autopsy was scheduled to be performed on Friday morning.

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