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Philly Police: Girl Died in Hot Car

August 13, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A 2-year-old girl died Monday after her grandfather left her in his car for nearly eight hours as he went to work and ran an errand, police said.

The grandfather was taken into custody but no charges were immediately filed.

The man had picked up the girl, Sasha Fogle, to take her to the baby sitter but apparently forgot to drop her off and went to work, said Capt. Thomas Lippo.

After working a few hours, the grandfather went to a car dealership to make an appointment for maintenance and then went home, police said.

``He then noticed Sasha in the back seat of the vehicle,″ Lippo said.

The grandfather called 911 and the toddler was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead of apparent heat exhaustion, police said.

The temperature reached 96 degrees Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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