New Mexico child car death, Toddler dies in hot car, babysitter arrested

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New Mexico child car death, Toddler dies in hot car, babysitter arrested.

A two-year-old New Mexico toddler died in a hot car on Tuesday, and the child’s babysitter was arrested on a felony charge in connection with that death.

A news release indicates Hobbs police received a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. from a woman who said she had accidentally left her child in her car for several hours.

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Fire and rescue crews responded and declared the child dead at the scene.

Tammy Brooks, 40, was being held at the Hobbs County Detention Center on a first-degree felony charge of abandonment or abuse of a child that resulted in death.

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Brooks told police she was babysitting the child, KOB reported.

This was the first hot car death in New Mexico in 2019, but it was the 42nd death to happen in the U.S., according to the release from KidsandCars.org, a national non-profit advocacy group that works to educate about the dangers of leaving kids and pets in hot vehicles.

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