July 18 2018
ROSEBURG, Oregon - Remington Engler, 21 months died after being left alone in a hot car while her mother went to work as a family nurse practitioner, authorities said Friday.
The girl was blue and unconscious when her mother, Nicole Engler, discovered the little girl about 4 p.m. outside Evergreen Family Medicine, court records show.
Engler rushed her daughter into the medical facility, where staff performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. The girl was pronounced dead Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.
The temperature was about 80 degrees (26 degrees Celsius) when the girl was discovered.
On a day that warm, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to 109 degrees (43 Celsius) within 20 minutes, according to a National Safety Council report released earlier this month.
Engler was taken to the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of second-degree manslaughter. Court records do not list an attorney to speak on her behalf.
Police Sgt. Gary Klopfenstein said the department had no comment beyond what was in public documents.
Pediatric vehicular heatstroke killed 742 children between 1998 and 2017, the safety council found. The average age of victims was 21 months.
In 54 percent of the cases, the parent or caregiver unknowingly left the youngster in a vehicle. It generally happened when the caregiver was especially tired or there was a change in routine, the authors of the report said.