TWIN three-year-old girls have been found dead in a 52C car, with police and caregivers at a loss as to how the tots made their way into the deathtrap vehicle.
Raelynn and Payton Keyes – who are in foster care – were found unresponsive inside a vehicle parked in the back garden of a friend of their foster parents in Georgia.
Cops say the twins had been staying at a house they visited from “time to time” with their foster parents.
The girls’ foster parents were not present at the time of their disappearance, but discovered their bodies in the car after the friend informed caregivers she could not find the toddlers.
Captain Howard said: “The foster parent for the children was the first person to call 911.
“Other members of the family, to include the person who resides at that residence, were all actively looking for the two girls.
“Initially, it was discovered that they were just not where they should have been inside the home.
By this time, temperatures outside had risen to around 33C, making the much hotter interior of the car approximately 52C.
Captain Tracey Howard from the Hinesville Police Department said: “We’re planning to conduct a test with similar weather, with similar exposure, but typically, temperatures over 80 degrees exceed over 130-130.
“It is substantially hot. It can prove deadly.”
The caregiver who called police said the last time they saw the girls was Saturday night when they put the two 3-year-olds to bed. The girls were found dead inside the car around 1:45 p.m. Sunday.
Investigators will be speaking to the other children who were in the home to see if the girls were seen anytime before 1 p.m. when the 911 call was placed.
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Autopsies will be performed on Monday in order to confirm a cause of death.
Officer Howard said of the girl’s deaths: “Any time there’s a loss of a child, it’s just a very tragic event no matter if it’s by natural means or by accident or by some other means.”
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