Three-year-old dies of heatstroke in hot car

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A three-year-old girl found unconscious in a family car in Naha City died of an apparent heatstroke on Aug. 24th.

According to Naha Police, the family had been planning to go out on that day. She apparently had taken the car keys from the house, then got in and closed the door. Her parents realized she was missing at about 11 a.m. They found her lying on the back seat about two and a half hours later. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

When she was found, the front doors of the car were not locked, but the child lock function was on and the doors could not be opened from inside, so she could not get out. According to the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory, the weather on Aug. 24 in Naha was sunny with the highest temperature recorded at 32.2 degrees centigrade at 1:36 p.m. That was just the time she was found in the car.

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