Officials on Tuesday have identified a 2-year-old girl who died after being trapped inside a vehicle for more than an hour in Clarkston.
Julius Meh died of asphyxiation, according to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office. And they said they have ruled her death an accident.
The incident happened at English Oaks Apartment on Church Street Monday, according to Clarkson police. Officers responded to the scene around 3 p.m. and found the toddler unconscious, police Chief Christine Hudson said.
Investigators later learned that the mom was outside playing with the child and her twin sibling, but later took one of the girls inside to change her diaper and left the other in the care of her sister-in-law, Chief Hudson said.
At some point the sister-in-law was distracted and didn’t notice that Julius had climbed into the back seat of the vehicle and closed the door, Hudson said.
It was only when her mother couldn’t find her inside and they started looking around that they found the unconscious toddler inside the vehicle, Hudson said. She said the doors weren’t locked, only closed.
The mom, who is Burmese, ran to the house of a neighbor who could speak some English and that neighbor called 911, the chief said. The girl was not breathing when officers arrived and they performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took over, Hudson said.
Julius was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston where she died, Hudson said.
No charges will be filed in the incident, the chief said.