911 call about 3:38 p.m. On Friday, a child was reported in a minibus on the PATCO high-speed line, according to a news release from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Police arrived and found the girl unresponsive in the car seat and the passenger window was broken, authorities said.
The toddler was pronounced dead at 3:54 p.m. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, prosecutors said.
Lindenwold is a suburb about 15 miles southeast of Philadelphia.
Heat stroke kills 38 children on average every year, according to the National Safety Council. These include cases where a child was forgotten in a vehicle, accidentally locked in a car or trunk, and in a small number of cases where the child was intentionally left in a vehicle.
Much of the Death by Heat Stroke occurs by accident, according to NoHeatStroke.org, a data site operated by the Department of Meteorology and Climate Sciences at San Jose University. More than half happen when parents forget about their child in the back seat. Another 26% of children die after entering a vehicle on their own, and about 19% are left intentionally there.
Last year was the deadliest year for a child car heat stroke of 20 years, with 52 children between 7 weeks and 5 years old.