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Another toddler dies after being left in a hot car

Infant dies after being left in a hot car in Connecticut

A 15-month-old boy was found dead in Ridgefield, Conn., on Monday after being left in a hot car for "an extended period of time," police said.

The victim, who was not identified, was found dead about 6 p.m., according to a statement released by the Ridgefield Police Department.

Officers received a call about the incident shortly before they made the discovery, but police would not say where the car was parked or how long the child had been left inside.

No one had been charged with a crime as of Tuesday afternoon, and a police dispatcher declined to answer additional questions.

Temperatures in Ridgefield, a town of about 25,000 in the southwestern end of the state, have been in the upper 80s this week, according to the National Weather Service.

The child's death comes after a bizarre case in Georgia, where a 33-year-old man has been accused of purposely leaving his son to roast to death inside a vehicle. Court documents have alleged that the man, Justin Ross Harris, has instructed his family to cash in on the life insurance policy taken out on his son.

Police have also contended that Harris wanted a "child-free life" and was constantly sexting other women besides his wife.

A similar tragedy nearly unfolded in Long Island, N.Y., last week, when a 2-year-old girl was left locked in a hot car outside a Huntington department store, according to Newsday.

Police rescued the girl and arrested her father, 30-year-old Melvin Marroquin, who told police he forgot the girl was in the car, the report said.

On Tuesday, the Connecticut State Police issued a warning reminding motorists of the lethal conditions children face in a locked car. In the statement, police said there were 44 "automobile-heat related deaths" nationwide in 2013, while more than 500 children have died in a similar manner since 1998.

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