Horrifying video captures a New Jersey woman collapsing to the ground after learning her 2-year-old daughter has died after being left in the family car for hours in 90-degree temperatures.
A WABC news helicopter filmed unidentified mother on the ground outside her Franklin Township home Tuesday – soon after a neighbor said she heard him “screaming in pain and sorrow.”
A local police officer bent down to try to comfort him, with footage showing them swaying from side to side as they hugged each other tightly.
The mother was so desperate, she was finally taken away in an ambulance, neighbors told NBC New York.
The boy’s parents were both unaware that their toddler had been left in the hot car until police knocked on their door, neighbors also told NBC New York.
“They were just screaming in pain and grief,” neighbor Treana Huntley told WABC.
“I heard dad screaming uncontrollably and then I heard mom start wailing, really sobbing,” Huntley said.
“It was heart-wrenching… Just hearing that pain from another mother,” she said. “I wouldn’t expect that from anyone.”
The toddler was found in the car seat in the back of a gray Honda Civic just after 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.
One of the first neighbors at the scene was a local firefighter who attempted CPR, but the girl was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Somerset Kabupaten County Prosecutor’s Office says that “further investigations are ongoing to determine the exact length of time the child was in the vehicle, and the circumstances surrounding the events leading up to this incident.”
However, sources told NBC New York that the toddler appeared to have been left in the car for more than seven hours. It was not clear where the parents thought the child was at the time, the outlet said.
The temperature at nearby Somerset Airport at 2pm, just before the dead girl was found, was 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s already listed as the 22nd hot car death so far this year in a heartbreaking tally kept by the organization Kids and Car Safety.
“This is the kind of tragedy that doesn’t discriminate. It has to do with brain memory failure, in most cases,” Sue Auriemma of the group told NBC New York.
“Unfortunately the worst mistake a parent can make is to think this is not going to happen to them.”