18-month-old baby dies in sweltering car after being left for eight hours
An 18-month-old girl has died after her mother inadvertently left her in the back seat of the car while she went inside to teach at a Panama City elementary school.
Authorities say Jamie Buckley didn't discover her daughter, Reagan, until the end of the school day Tuesday.
When Bay County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the school they found Reagan unresponsive. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bay County Sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Corley said Wednesday that no charges have been filed but the investigation is continuing.
Deputies say the child had been inside the car, which was parked outside Cedar Grove Elementary School since before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
"Preliminary investigation revealed the mother, Jamie Buckley, a teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary, arrived at school this morning between 7am and 7.30am and forgot the child in the car.
"When she went to her car to leave after school she found the child, Reagan Buckley, still in her car seat,” the report from the Bay County Sheriff's Department read.
Temperatures in the area rose to 83 degrees on the day in question.