Personal Communication:
Yes, the child was found by her sibling. No, the child did not attend daycare. She was going to stay home with grandpa. He dropped off the older children at school & she fell asleep. He forgot she was in the car. Grandpa returned to pick up the other children at the end of the day, on the way home the oldest child (5th grader) asked what was wrong with the baby (she was 17 mo old, paper reported it wrong as a 20 mo old)

Police investigating death of child in North Richland Hills
Posted Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

By Domingo Ramirez Jr.

A 20-month-old toddler was pronounced dead in the back seat of a car in North Richland Hills Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The girl was identified as Aurora Aryana Hollingsworth of North Richland Hills.

Police who responded to a 911 call Tuesday afternoon found her dead in a child restraint seat. Detectives determined that Aurora was secured in the seat as an adult drove down Bursey Road with another child in the car. At some point, the adult noticed that something was wrong with Aurora, police said.

“The driver pulled over to the curb to check on the child,” investigator Keith Bauman, a police spokesman, said in a news release. “A passerby saw the vehicle parked along the roadside and stopped to assist. The child was unresponsive and 911 was called.”

She was pronounced dead at 4:06 p.m. in the 7500 block of Bursey Road in North Richland Hills, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website. A ruling on the cause of her death was pending.

No one had been arrested by late Wednesday.

A Texas Ranger is assisting in the investigation.

Bauman declined to identify the adult or the other child in the car.

“The occupants of the vehicle have been fully cooperative with investigators,” Bauman said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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Police: North Richland Hills child may have been left in car
Posted Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014

A toddler found dead in a car last week in North Richland Hills may have died because she was left in the vehicle for a long time, police said Tuesday.

No criminal charges have been filed as police continue to investigate, North Richland Hills investigator Keith Bauman said Tuesday. Officials with Child Protective Services are also investigating.

Paramedics found Aurora Aryana Hollingsworth, 1, dead in a car on the afternoon of April 22 on Bursey Road. They were alerted after another child in the car told the driver that something was wrong with the toddler.

“It appears the child had been left in a vehicle for a prolonged period of time which is believed to have contributed to her death,” Bauman said in a news release.

He declined to say how long investigators believe the child was in the car.

The high at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on April 22 was 84. A child safety expert said temperatures inside a vehicle can increase by 20 degrees within minutes.

A ruling on the child’s death is awaiting toxicology, histology and chemistry tests and “could take a while,” said Linda Anderson of the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said in an email that the family has no history with the agency. Aurora had three older siblings, ages 6, 8 and 11, and they remain at home, Gonzales said.

Police responded to a 911 call and found the girl dead in a child restraint seat.

Bauman said that when the driver pulled over to check on Aurora, a passer-by saw the car and stopped to help. The child was unresponsive and 911 was called, police said.

Aurora was pronounced dead at 4:06 p.m. in the 7500 block of Bursey Road, according to the medical examiner’s website. A Texas Ranger who happened to be in the neighborhood responded to the scene and is assisting the investigation.

Bauman declined to identify the driver or the other child in the car, saying family members have cooperated with detectives.

“We’re still conducting interviews with witnesses,” he said.

The latest development came on the same day that Public Opinion Strategies of Washington, D.C., released a survey indicating that 14 percent of parents say that they have left a child alone inside a parked vehicle despite the risk of heatstroke. The company specializes in corporate and public policy research.

The survey results were based on 1,000 parents and caregivers who transport children ages 6 and under.

According to the survey, fathers were almost three times as likely as mothers to leave a child alone in a parked car.

“Many people are shocked to learn that the temperature inside of a car can rise up to 20 degrees in 10 minutes and cracking a window doesn’t help,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Tragedies from heatstroke in cars happen far too often.”

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