ARDMORE, OK - Monday at 3:40 p.m. in the afternoon authorities say a 26- year-old woman walked through the doors of the Bingo Burger convenience store on Michelin Road with an unconscious infant in her arms. Emergency responders rushed to the child, but Ardmore Police Sergeant Ryan Hunnicutt said it was too late.
"The child was later pronounced dead at the E.R.," he said.
Officers said the one-month-old was traveling in a car seat with her mother, father and 15-month-old sibling from Ohio to the Ringling area. The car did not have air conditioning, and only one window could roll down.
"The preliminary assumption is that this is a heat related death based on what was observed at the E.R. and some of the medical examiners initial findings," said Hunnicutt.
Kristi Inselman, the coordinating nurse at the Carter County Health Department offers her advice to those without A/C in their cars: be safe and find a ride.
"See if you can try to get the air conditioner fixed or try to find an alternate way of transportation due to the heat that we're having right now," said Inselman.
Ardmore Police said the Department of Human Services has taken the 15-month-old child into protective custody until an investigation has been completed. Officers haven't ruled out child neglect as a contributing factor in the death.