Hundreds donate to family, after infant dies in hot car

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Hundreds have joined together in support of family who has lost their daughter. The 11 month-old was left in a hot car and did not survive.

"This is a good family, a really loving family," said Chuck Tandy, a volunteer paramedic for the Hurricane Fire Dept .

No amount of money could ever compensate for the tragic loss a Hurricane family now faces, but thousands have shown an outpouring of love all over social media.

Eleven month-old Skyah Suwyn was left in a hot car for what police call a 'substantial' amount of time. Life Flight flew the child to Dixie Regional Medical Center, where she later passed away.

"We don't know the circumstances of the situation. They'll play out in time, but it's definitely not our position to suggest blame anywhere," explained Tandy.

Countless others seem to agree. People are now sending thoughts, prayers, and money to help the family. In fact, one fundraiser collected more than $10,000 in just a day.

Experts say this can happen to anyone.

"Especially in our fast-paced society; now, people get busy, people get distracted," added Tandy.

…And before you know it, it is too late.

"In our environment down here, temperatures can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes inside of a car…” said Tandy. “It can then go up to 140, 150 degrees, which is a non-survivable environment," he said.

Even older children and adults can quickly become lethargic in that kind of heat.

"Nationally, the percentages in fatal incidences—30 percent of those—the child themselves got into the vehicle, and then weren't able to get out…" said Tandy. “If you see a child in a car and you suspect at all that there's a situation, dial 911 as fast as you can," he said.

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