A 16-month-old girl rescued from an SUV in which the temperature had risen to 124 degrees was listed in stable condition Sunday, a day after her mother was arrested on a felony neglect charge.
Fishers police said the girl's mother, Meg Trueblood, 30, had been shopping at Simply Chic for about an hour as the girl sat in an increasingly hot car as temperatures soared above 100 degrees.
The toddler was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. Trueblood was released from the Hamilton County Jail on bond on Sunday.
The incident happened on the same day that a 4-month-old girl died after she was left in a hot car outside a home in Greenfield.
The infant's father, Joshua Stryzinski, 18, was arrested on a charge of neglect of a dependent, resulting in death. Stryzinski was being held Sunday at the Hancock County Jail.
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Young children are far more susceptible to illness from extreme heat than older children and adults.
"They find it much easier to absorb heat from the environment than an adult would, and their body temperatures can rise much, much faster than an adult's would," said Dr. Terez Malka, a pediatrician and emergency room doctor at Wishard Memorial Hospital.
Malka said it takes about 10 minutes for an infant or young child's body temperature to reach the outside temperature.
"Heat stroke occurs at temperatures between 106 and 107," Malka said.
Saturday's high temperature in Indianapolis was 105 degrees. Inside a vehicle, the temperature can quickly rise well above that.
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