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Moorhead infant dies after she was left in car seat for 'extended period of time'

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news Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

By Wendy Reuer / The Forum

MOORHEAD – A 5-month-old baby girl died here Tuesday night after she was left in her car seat in a vehicle.

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Police Lt. Chris Carey said officers, along with Moorhead Fire and F-M Ambulance crew members, responded to the report of an unresponsive child at 1103 19th St. S. around 8:22 p.m.

Carey said the girl had been left in a minivan for an “extended period of time,” possibly hours.

The baby died at the scene.

Carey said the incident is still in its early stages and is ongoing.

“During the initial investigation, it appeared accidental,” Carey said late Tuesday.

The girl’s name was not released Tuesday, pending notification of family.

Police did not say if the windows in the vehicle had been opened.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the metro area hovered around 80 degrees most of Tuesday afternoon and reached 82 degrees around 6 p.m.

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