According to authorities, a 2-year-old child died in Phoenix after the power window of a car closed on her as she was playing in the parked vehicle.
The child, named as Eimi Patlan-Garcia by officials, was brought to a hospital in serious condition Saturday and subsequently died, Phoenix police confirmed to The Post on Tuesday.
Cops were called to the terrible scene in west Phoenix about 7:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a traffic incident, but instead discovered the girl inside a car, according to a statement from Phoenix police.
“When police arrived, they discovered that this was not a traffic incident, but that a juvenile girl had been hurt while playing inside a parked car at the residence,” according to department authorities.
“According to the investigation, the youngster was hurt when one of the vehicle’s electric windows rolled up on her.”
Firefighters transported Eimi to a local hospital, where she was declared dead, according to police.
“There are no clear indicators of foul play at the time,” police stated, adding that the kid resided in the home where the accident occurred and that her parents cooperated with investigations.
According to a medical examiner’s report acquired by NBC News, the girl’s death was deemed unintentional. According to the study, her major cause of death was suffocation.
Janette Fennell, president of Kids and Cars, a nationwide nonprofit advocacy group that records child fatalities involving automobiles, told KPHO that incidents involving power windows kill a few children each year.
According to Fennell, power windows have between 30 and 40 pounds of force, which is more than the 22 pounds necessary to shatter someone’s trachea.
Fennell cautioned parents not to allow their children play in or around automobiles unattended, saying that circumstances in them can quickly turn fatal.
“Temperatures may increase and children can perish fast from heat, but perhaps what they aren’t thinking about is the hazards of power windows,” Fennell added. “Perhaps they aren’t considering youngsters slamming automobiles into drive or trunk entrapment.”
According to the nonprofit’s website, KidandCars.org, more than 65 children have been murdered by power windows since 1990, with “untold numbers” of brain damage and severed digits among victims primarily aged 3 and younger.
Who are Eimi Garcia’s parents?
There is currently no detailed information on parents.