Infant locked in hot car dies


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HOMEWOOD, Alabama (WVTM) – Community members have set up a makeshift memorial for the little girl police say was left in the SUV yesterday.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the girl as Gabriella Gi-Ny Luong, 11 months-old.

An autopsy is under way right now, but the death appears to be heat related.

Teddy bears, flowers and cards are situated in front of Genesis Nail Spa, the business we’re told is owned by the girl’s parents.

The child was sent to the hospital after being locked in a vehicle during the heat of the day in Homewood.

The incident happened about 1:20pm on 19th Street South in Homewood, near the Hallman Hill development.

The Homewood Police Department says the child was reported to be inside the vehicle, which was parked on the street.

Medics arrived,treated the girl, and transported the child to Children’s of Alabama where she later died.

It’s unknown how long the child was inside the vehicle.

The Homewood Police Department is investigating.

The ambient temperature at the time of the incident was about 91 degrees. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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