Newly adopted 1-year-old dies after being left in hot truck

A 1-year-old child was left inside a hot truck all day

A 1-year-old child was left inside a hot truck all day

A 1-year-old girl is dead.

The girl's adoptive father reportedly forgot that the girl was left in the vehicle at the East Nashville home after dropping her sibling at a daycare centre.

Metro Nashville Police said the adoptive mother discovered the baby inside the truck, which was parked outside their East Nashville home. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police said the father flew home Wednesday night and that the couple have been cooperating with the police investigation.

Cynthia Marie Randolph initially told cops the two babies had "taken off" and she couldn't find them, before later admitting that she had left them in to "teach them a lesson", believing they would be able to get out if it got too hot.

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According to NewsChannel5, Wednesday's high was 89 degrees, so "the interior of the truck could've easily reached between 130-170 degrees".

At 5:42 p.m., Jenny Barker called 911 as she pulled into her driveway, police said. She was pronounced deceased upon arrival at Vanderbilt Hospital. In such cases, the person can experience heat stroke - becoming dizzy, disoriented and confused, feeling worn out or falling into a coma, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Police said Barker returned to the home around 8 a.m. and left a few minutes later for the airport in a rideshare.

According to the Metro police, the dad "forgot about the child" after dropping off her sibling.

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