Infant Identified after Found Dead in Car in California; Was Left in Car for 9 Hours Straight: Authorities

The identity of the two-month-old baby who tragically passed away after being left in a car for nine hours in East County earlier this month has been released by authorities.

In a recent update, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has released additional information regarding the child’s identity and the events of that night.

According to the department, the family returned home at approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Tragically, the infant was discovered unconscious inside the SUV just after midnight on Thursday, June 13.

Officers swiftly arrived at the residence on Settle Road in Santee at approximately 12:30 a.m. following a distress call from a concerned family member who had discovered the infant.

Deputies from the Santee Sheriff’s Station and paramedics from the Santee Fire Department made every effort to save her life and swiftly transported her to a hospital. Unfortunately, she passed away later on.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the identity of the infant as Diana Sofia Aleman Roman, who was just two months old.

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The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office, pending the results of forensic analysis, laboratory tests, and toxicology screenings as reported by Fox5 News.

As the summer months approach, it’s important to be mindful of the rising temperatures and the potential dangers they bring.

The sheriff’s department wants to remind everyone that it is against the law to leave a child unattended in a car, regardless of whether the engine is running or the key is in the ignition. Be aware of the rapid increase in temperatures inside your car, which can reach oven-like levels within minutes.

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If you happen to come across a child who is unattended inside a vehicle that is locked, it is crucial to take immediate action and contact emergency services by dialing 9-1-1. If a child is in distress, it is important to take immediate action to remove them from the car and provide relief by spraying them with cool water.

An investigation into the death is currently being conducted by the Sheriff’s Child Abuse Unit. If you have any information, please contact the Sheriff’s Child Abuse Unit at 858-285-6222. If you need assistance outside of regular hours, please contact the non-emergency line for the Sheriff’s Department at 858-868-3200.

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