Transcripts released of 911 calls from parents in Gilbert hot car death
PHOENIX – “I left her in the car. Oh my God.”
The Gilbert Police Department on Friday released redacted transcripts of the frantic 911 calls about a 3-year-old girl who died after being left in a hot car for hours outside a house near Higley and Elliot roads Tuesday.
Police did not provide the identity of the callers, but it’s clear one was the father (transcript; contains graphic language) who left the girl in the car and the other is her mother (transcript), who was at work when the tragic incident took place.
The girl is identified as Charlie or C.J. in the transcripts.
In the call from the mother, the 911 operator asked if the father was taking the girl to school that morning.
The response: “No, she was supposed to go to school and we decided to keep her home, cause we’re leaving on vacation tomorrow. And so, he was just gonna keep her today. And he – I just called him at lunch break and I asked how (Charlie’s) doing and he’s like, oh my God. Where’s (Charlie)? Oh my God. Oh my God. Is – is she in the car (unintelligible)? And then he ran out there and she was in the car.”
In the other call, the operator gave directions about how to perform CPR after the caller said the girl wasn’t breathing.
“Oh my God I just didn’t drop her off at school today,” the caller said at one point.
Mentions of how long the girl had been in the car are redacted, but police said Tuesday it was 2-3 hours.
The high temperature in Phoenix that day was 109 degrees.
Police didn’t provide any new information about the investigation Friday beyond the transcripts.
On Wednesday, they said the decision on whether criminal charges would be submitted will be made once the investigation is finished.
According to KidsAndCars.org, it was the 39th child hot car death in the U.S. this year, the third in Arizona and the second in the Valley.
Dawn Peabody, an Arizona volunteer with KidsAndCars.org, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday that most hot car deaths are accidents, not cases where the parent or caretaker purposely left a child in the car without understanding the danger.
Her description about how the incidents usually happen seems to reflect what happened in Gilbert.
“The most common type of this incident is a parent that had a change of routine, or some adult that was driving the child had some change of routine, and misremembered … having their child with them, which resulted in them forgetting they had the child in the back seat,” she said.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Taylor Kinnerup contributed to this report.