CALVERTON PARK, Mo. — Authorities say an 11-month-old girl has died after being locked inside a car for about 15 hours in suburban St. Louis.
The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District received a call around 4:30 p.m. Sunday about an infant who wasn't breathing and found the child unresponsive in Calverton Park. First responders were unable to revive her.
"I feel like a piece of my heart is gone because she was a part of me," Joseline's cousin Lilly Bellfield told KMOV.com.
It's unclear why the child was left inside the car for so long. The high temperature in St. Louis on Sunday was 79 degrees. Police have questioned two persons of interest in the girl's death.
A family friend says the parents are devastated.
"You have two young parents. One telling one to get the child and other telling the other..you know mistakes are made," said family friend Barbara Beckett. "it's a nightmare, they are traumatized. They can't stop crying."
Joseline's grandparents set up a GoFundMe to assist in paying for funeral expenses.