2-year-old left in hot car dies

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- Police in Washington County are investigating after they say a two-year-old died after they were left in a hot car.

Officials say it happened Saturday in Winchester Hills.

According to police, the child was in a van with several other family members when they fell asleep but nobody noticed.

"As the adult family members returned home they noticed the child was not present and began searching the residence and surrounding areas. The child was then discovered by the father in the van," a press release from Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Police say the child was part of a family in town for a family reunion.

"Several families were temporarily residing at the home while participating in the reunion events which included more than five families and between 25 and 35 children," the press release said.

The families jumped in multiple vehicles for an activity in St. George. They say the child fell asleep on the way back to the home in Winchester Hills where they were all staying. The adults were preparing for a "religious meeting" and didn't realize the child was still in the van, police say.

The investigation is ongoing and will be screened by the Washington County Attorney's Office for potential criminal liability, but they say it appears the incident was a tragic accident.