Akron Police Department Captain Dan Zampelli tells AkronNewsNow the child, 13-month old Aolani McCray of Haynes Street in Akron, was first discovered after a call to authorities around 2:00 p.m. and Akron Fire Department crews responded to the call and transported the infant to Akron Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Statement from the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office:
"The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office and the Akron Police Department are investigating the death of Aolani McCray, a 13 month old female from Haynes Street in Akron. On September 2, 2011, at approximately 1:55 p.m., Aolani was in the care of a babysitter when she was discovered unresponsive in a car seat in a Ford Expedition, in a driveway in the 600 block of Russell Avenue. Aolani was left in the vehicle for several hours before being discovered. Aolani was transported to Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron where she later died at 2:16 p.m. on September 2, 2011. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday."
.""...Editor's note: there is some confusion in accounts between APD and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office. The ME reports Aolani McCray is 13 months old with a birthdate in July 2010, while the first police reports put the age at 18 months.
Zampelli says the vehicle was used by a day care worker, a 30-year old woman, to transport five children to the home, but only four were unloaded at 9:30 this morning. was discovered after 1:30 this afternoon.
The investigation is preliminary at this time but Zampelli says the child may have been in the vehicle for "an extended period of time." Detectives are canvassing the neighborhood at this time, and he cautioned that the description of the location as a "home day care" has not been confirmed at this time.
WKYC Channel 3's Eric Mansfield tells AkronNewsNow.com that panicked parents have heard of the child's death, and have rushed to the center on Russell Avenue to make sure their children are OK.
"Clearly, word had spread through the families, through the children who use this daycare, that something had happened," Mansfield reports, "Some of the parents told us when they arrived that they already knew all the details. A few of the parents said they'd only heard that a child had died at the daycare, so they rushed there themselves to make sure their child was OK."
Mansfield says police are still on the scene until all of the children are picked up.
WKYC Channel 3's Eric Mansfield reports the baby was found inside an SUV in the driveway of what may be a home daycare on Russell Avenue. The infant was reportedly transferred to Akron Children's Hospital.
Akron police on the scene of a tragedy this afternoon at a home daycare located at 679 Russell Avenue, where an 18-month old toddler may have been left inside an overheated car.
The infant is dead, according to a report from WKYC's Eric Mansfield. He describes the scene as chaotic, as parents arrive to collect their children. At least one woman was reported to be near-collapse and in tears.
Unconfirmed reports have the child's core temperature at well over 100 degrees.
More details as they become available.