A TWO-YEAR-OLD girl has died after being left in a hot car when her babysitter forgot to drop her at nursery.
Tammy Brooks, 40, left infant Zariah Hasheme on her backseat after driving straight to work in the city of Hobbs, New Mexico on Tuesday morning.
She said she didn’t realise that Zariah was still in the car until she went to the bank that afternoon.
Temperatures in Hobbs on Tuesday reached a high of 30C.
Hobbs Police said they received a call around 1.30pm from a woman saying she had accidentally left a child in her car for several hours.
Local fire and rescue declared Zariah dead at the scene.
Brooks is currently been held at Hobbs Country Detention Centre, charged with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death, and is due to appear in court on Monday.
Zariah was the only child of Zachary Hasheme and Demi Petrowski.
Zachary, who was driving when he heard what had happened, said: “I heard Demi screaming on the other line saying that Zariah’s dead, and I didn’t know what to do.
“I slammed on my breaks, pulled over.
“I mean, you can forget to bring a pen with you, but it’s kind of hard… to forget about a kid in the car.”
The couple suffered six miscarriages before Zariah was born.
“We just gave up,” said Zachary.
“She popped up and blessed all our hearts.”
“I remember praying every single day, nonstop,” said Demi.
“I would not wish this pain and this hurt upon my worst enemy.”
Funeral arrangements for Zariah are underway, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family cover funeral costs.
“Always look at the backseat of the car,” said Demi.
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“And if there is a child in there or you hear a child screaming, please just… help.”
“As for daycare centres, if you know a child is not there at their appointed time, please contact the parents or someone on the emergency list right away.”
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