PANAMA CITY, Fla. - An 18-month-old has died after her mother inadvertently left the girl in the back seat of the car while she went inside to teach at a Panama City elementary school, according to officials.
Authorities said the child's mother, Jamie Buckley, did not discover her daughter, Reagan, until the end of the school day Tuesday. A news release from the Bay County Sheriff's Office said Reagan was still in her car seat and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities said the girl had been in the car in the parking lot of Cedar Grove Elementary School since before 7:30 a.m.
Reagan's death is at least the third child death from being left in a hot car so far this year. A 16-month-old Lake City girl died last month after her father forgot to take her to day care and left her a car when he went to work. In April, a 2-year-old died when left in a car in Phoenix, Arizona.
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