Tragic Irish baby left in car on hottest day of year named as Chloe Fogarty
Gardai describe Tipperary incident as 'tragedy'
A seven-month-old baby girl has died after apparently suffering heat stroke after she was left in a car in the sun for a number of hours.
The baby, named locally as Chloe Fogarty, from Kilfeakle, Dundrum in Co Tipperary was discovered unresponsive in a car at 1.45pm on Thursday.
It is suspected she may have developed heatstroke as temperatures in the area reached 25C yesterday. A post-mortem will be carried out on the child’s body today, Friday.
Gardai confirmed they attended the scene after a 999 call was made, as did other emergency service personnel and a local GP.
It is understood the girl’s father, Paul Fogarty, went to work at a local steelworks at about 8am and had been due to drop his daughter off at creche.
It is believed Mr Fogarty was distracted by a phone call when he got out of his car and was unaware he had left the child in the vehicle.
When he returned to the car at 1pm, he found the child unresponsive.
The girl was airlifted from the nearby Kickham’s GAA field to University Hospital Limerick in a critical condition but was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.
A Garda investigation is underway and a file on the matter will be prepared for the Tipperary County Coroner.
Gardai described the incident as a "tragedy". However, it is understood the incident is being treated as an appalling accident.
Chloe’s distraught father and her mother Louise were last night being comforted by relatives, friends and neighbours in west Tipperary. It’s understood the seven-month-old was the only child of the couple, who married last year.
“It’s an awful tragedy,” said former Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes, who lives in the nearby village of Golden.
Fianna Fail county councillor Roger Kennedy said the whole area has been left numb by the terrible tragedy.
“It’s just so sad. The whole area is in shock,” he said.
Mr Kennedy described the child’s parents as a “popular, well-known family” and said they are very involved in the community.
Sinn Fein councillor Martin Browne said it was “the hottest day of the year so far” in the area, which would have made conditions more difficult for the child in the car.
He added the sight of the baby being airlifted to hospital was truly heart-breaking.
“It’s not something that anyone would be used to seeing,” he said. “They are a very nice, very respectable family and it’s just a complete tragedy.”
Mr Browne said the local community is doing all they can to comfort the Fogarty family.
“Family and neighbours are offering their condolences and asking locals for anything they can do to help,” he said.
“I’m sure the whole community will rally around the family.”
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