Update: Vanderburgh Co. Coroner releases name of toddler who died in hot car on USI’s campus

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Update (7:38 p.m.)

VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The Vanderburgh County Coroner has released the name of the toddler who died after being left in a hot car on USI’s campus.

The child was three-year-old Oliver Dill.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff, Dave Wedding, Oliver’s dad left him in the car “accidentally for several hours.” He said the toddler attended USI’s Children’s Learning Center.

Wedding says the child’s father is employed by the university, but has not been identified.

This is an ongoing investigation.

An autopsy has been completed, but a cause of death will not be released.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, the initial investigation did not result in any arrests being made.

But this case will be submitted to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office for a final review.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will release information as it becomes available.

Update (7:24 p.m.)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A sheriff says a child has died after being left in a car for several hours on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says his office received a call of a medical emergency around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. He says the child attended the university’s day care and that the father left the child in the car “accidentally for several hours.”

Wedding says the child’s father is employed by the university. Neither the child nor the father was immediately identified.

Sheriff’s Maj. Jason Ashworth said the child was a male toddler. He says the boy was properly restrained in a child safety seat.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Evansville reached 89 before 1:45 p.m.

Update (6:01 p.m.)

VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The President of USI has released a letter regarding an incident where a toddler was left inside a hot car and died Tuesday afternoon.

In his letter, President Ron Rochon says the Children’s Learning Center will be closed on Wednesday, July 10th, and says it’s unclear if the center will be closed for the remainder of the week.

Counseling services will also be available.

“As a parent and the president of the University of Southern Indiana, I am deeply saddened to inform you of the tragic death of a young child as a result of being left in a parked car on our campus. We are supporting the work of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department in their investigation and thank USI Public Safety for their immediate response and that of the wonderful staff of the Children’s Learning Center who provided aid. The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) will be closed tomorrow, July 10, and we are assessing if it will reopen later in the week. We understand this will be inconvenient for parents who need childcare, but our thoughts right now are in supporting the individuals who are deeply affected by this tragedy and will need some time to process their grief to best support the children in their care. We will provide updates to parents on when the CLC will reopen as soon as possible. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of this young child. This is a loss no parent should bear. If you have a child in your life, please hug them tight and remember that counseling services are available if you need them.”

Update

VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – A child has died after being left in a hot car at the University Southern Indiana.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff, the parent of the child is a USI employee. The child was left in the back of the vehicle.

According to a sheriff’s deputy, the child had been in the vehicle earlier this morning and they received the call around 1:45 p.m. They say the father found the young child inside the vehicle.

The toddler was left inside the vehicle for several hours.

The child was a toddler.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner says they will not release the child’s name until Tuesday evening.

You can watch the live news conference here:

And this child is the 19th child to die this year alone after being left inside a hot car, according to KidsAndCars.org.

On average, 38 children die from heat-related death strapped inside vehicles every year.

There have been 19 deaths so far this year.

There were 52 deaths in 2018, which is the most on record.

The inside of vehicles heat up quickly and children heat up faster than adults.

Temperatures inside a car can reach 125 degrees in minutes.
Children have died from heatstroke in cars in temps as low as 60 degrees.

Fact sheets, safety tips, and graphics, images, PSAs, are available to help raise awareness in your community.

The Hot Cars Act is a federal bill that would require technology in all vehicles to help prevent these unthinkable fatalities. KidsAndCars.org is working hard to make sure it is passed quickly.

Original Story

The University of Southern Indiana’s Children’s Learning Center has closed after a child suffered a medical emergency.

Parents have been notified of the incident and have been asked to pick up their children from the center.

Additional information was not available.

We will continue to update information as it becomes available.

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(This story was originally published on July 9, 2019)

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