Kona toddler in critical condition after being left inside hot car

KAILUA-KONA — A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition after being left unattended in a vehicle for almost two hours Sunday afternoon in Kailua-Kona.

Hawaii Police officers responded sometime before 4 p.m. Sunday to a report of a child suffering from heat exhaustion after being left unattended for almost two hours in a vehicle in the area of the Coconut Grove Marketplace.

When officers arrived, the child, a 2-year-old girl, had already been transported by medics to Kona Community Hospital.

According to the child’s father, the family had been shopping, and he dropped them off at home not realizing his baby daughter was asleep in the vehicle as he went on to work.

When it was realized the baby was not at home, the child’s aunt drove to the father’s place of employment and found the baby in the vehicle.

Officers responded to the hospital and learned that the child had to be intubated in critical condition and was flown to Kapiolani Medical Center.

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