- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - An autopsy report says a 3-year-old girl died of hyperthermia from heat exposure after being left in a hot van in North Carolina.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports (https://bit.ly/2qQR0zn) the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Leslie Ramirez also suffered from dehydration before she died.

The girl was pulled from a hot van by family members at about 7 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2016, and pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Authorities say high temperatures that day were around 90 degrees, and a warrant said the girl had been in the van for more than four hours.

Authorities charged 24-year-old Rocio Murillo-Estrada with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse or neglect. Prosecutors said the girl was left in the van after a dinner outing and that Murrilo-Estrada fought with her that day.


Information from: WRAL-TV, https://www.wral.com



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