Atlanta toddler dies after being left in hot car for hours

ATLANTA, GA - A 22-month-old Atlanta-area child died Wednesday afternoon after he was left in a hot car for hours, according to officials.

The child's father was supposed to take the child to daycare but instead went straight to work leaving him in the backseat of the hot car, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution .

The father claims that he forgot his son was in the backseat and when he went out to his car after work he discovered the child in distress. The man turned into a local shopping center where witness began performing CPR on the child, according to reports.

Officers pronounced the child deceased at the scene.

Officials believe the temperature in the car could have reached over 100 degrees with the temperature being in the low 90s on Wednesday.

The father was taken to a local police station for questioning, according to reports. It is not known if charges will be filed.

The child's death marks the 14th child to die from heatstroke inside a vehicle this year, according to Kids and Cars.

This death comes among a campaign to prevent child deaths in hot cars that is led by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Gov. Deal launched a "Look Again" campaign in late May that helps warn adults of the dangers of hot cars and how it can quickly become a death trap.

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