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Sheriff's office: Baby left in car at Living Center for several hours before death

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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has released a few more details into the death of a baby girl who was left in a car at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center on Tuesday.

Lt. Brett Maisel said emergency responders were called to the Living Center just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Maisel said the baby, a seven-month-old girl, was unintentionally left in the car seat for several hours. She was rushed to a Lufkin hospital, where she was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Billy Ball.

Sheriff Greg Sanches said it was the baby's grandmother who had left the baby in the car.

According to Kidandcars.org, on average 38 children die each year from heat-related deaths. More than half of those cases involve parents or caregivers simply forgetting the child is there.

 “It’s common for someone to start to leave and realize the baby is in there, it’s human,”  Kathryn Hughes, the administrative assistant at the pregnancy help center in Lufkin said.

The best thing you can do is have a visual cue like placing a purse or cell phone in your backseat to help remind you that a child there.

“Find a way to remind yourself visually that you have a child in the backseat, because it can happen,” Hughes said. “It can happen to good parents.”


Something many people are unaware of is how quickly a car cam heat up.

“93 temperature outside can be 125 degrees in 20 minutes,” Hughes. “In 40 minutes it can go another 10 to 15 degrees above that, so it gets hot very fast.”

Maisel said they are not releasing the name of the baby.

Melissa Gale, the public information officer for with Texas Department of Aging and Disability said their thoughts and prayers are with the family, and that the grandmother will be taking some time off.


One thing parents are advised to do is never leave a child unattended in a vehicle no matter how quick you think you’ll return to your vehicle.

KTRE is filing open records requests for more information.

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