Girl found in SUV outside Indianapolis store died of heat exposure, coroner says

Update, Sept. 6: The Marion County coroner's office has ruled 1-year-old Maria Guadalupe Sanchez's death an accident. She died of environmental heat exposure, the coroner's office said.

Original story, May 18, 2019:

Indianapolis officials have identified a toddler who died over the weekend after being found in an SUV parked outside an east-side business.

The little girl who died Saturday afternoon was identified Monday as 1-year-old Maria Guadalupe Sanchez, according to the Marion County coroner's office.

Police and paramedics responded to a call for help at an AutoZone store about 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Sanchez was unresponsive when medical personnel arrived and was pronounced dead at Riley Children's Hospital.

Sanchez was in a vehicle believed to have been driven to the business by her mother, but police would not say where the mother was when the call for help was placed or who made that call.

The mother was questioned by detectives, and homicide investigators were called to the scene. Police also sought a warrant to search the black SUV parked near the business, a few spaces south of the entrance.

The coroner's office says the cause of Sanchez's death is pending.