Toddler Left In Hot Car Released From Hospital

Police: Mother Left 16-Month-Old In Car For An Hour

A 16-month-old girl rescued from an SUV in which the temperature had risen to 124 degrees was released from an Indianapolis hospital 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.

A customer spotted the toddler in the car and alerted a manager, who called 911.

"There is a small child, toddler child, in this car," the caller said. "The car is shut off, the windows are rolled completely up, it's by itself it's in a car seat. Â…But this baby is drenched in sweat; she's been out here for probably what 15, 20 minutes. Nobody's come out. I mean it's a baby, I mean like I said, a car-seat baby."

An officer entered the boutique and nobody stepped forward to claim the SUV or the baby inside. According to court documents, Trueblood didn't identify herself as the child's mother until police brought the child into the store, unresponsive and limp.

The toddler was rushed to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in critical condition. She was upgraded to stable condition Sunday and released to the custody of her grandparents.

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.

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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