Child dies in hot car outside Bishop England High
School; Charleston police investigating
DANIEL ISLAND — A baby girl died Aug. 25 after her mother forgot
her inside a locked car outside Bishop England High School that
likely topped 100 degrees, according to the Berkeley County
The 16-month-old toddler was discovered in a
blue Subaru SUV in the school’s parking lot in front of the main
entrance. A passerby discovered the unresponsive child in her
car seat and called 911, according to Berkeley County Coroner
The baby’s mother works at the school
and arrived between 7:30 and 8 a.m., he said.
works here at the school, and the child was forgotten inside the
vehicle,” Hartwell said.
He call the girl’s death a
tragic accident. An autopsy will be conducted at MUSC, but
Hartwell said that he believes the baby died due to heat.
He said a child could only survive “minutes” inside a car in
those conditions. “I definitely feel confident that it was
triple digits within that car at peak time of today.”
Bishop England is a private high school overseen by the Catholic
Diocese of Charleston. School officials canceled the Friday
night football against First Baptist. They later announced that
classes will be canceled on Monday, though an optional Mass
service will be held for students, families and faculty. Priests
and counselors also will be available that day and throughout
“We ask that you please keep this family and
our school community in your prayers during this unspeakably
difficult time,” Bishop England High School President Patrick
Finneran wrote in an email to parents.
In the early
evening Aug. 25, small groups of students and parents were
hugging and crying outside the brick church adjacent to the
Mindy Jose lay a bouquet of white flowers around
6:30 p.m. beside a tree near the spot where the SUV remained
parked. The mother said she was picking up her son from junior
varsity football earlier when she learned a child had died.
“I saw a bunch of kids gathered and texting, crying,” Jose
said. “My heart breaks as a mom for the whole family. It’s just
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