Salisbury Police: 2-year-old left in car at VA was there all day

Published 10:42 am Friday, October 7, 2016

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police say the 2-year-old who died in a car at the Hefner VA Medical Center Thursday had been left in the car all day.

The child’s mother, a VA employee, got to work around 7:55 a.m. on Thursday, and someone reported seeing the baby girl in the car at 4:37 p.m.

The person notified VA police, and an officer broke a window to gain entry into the Chevrolet car. The girl was strapped into her car seat. The car was parked behind building No. 7.

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said the car was parked in the sun. Salisbury Police said CPR was administered until fire and EMS arrived. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lingle said investigators continue working on the case and will consult with the Rowan County district attorney, who will decide whether to charge anyone.

Officials will also await results from an autopsy.

— Shavonne Walker