A Johnson County girl playing outside apparently got into a sports utility vehicle Monday evening and died as temperatures hovered over 100 degrees, authorities said Tuesday.
Investigators have not determined how long the 4-year-old girl was in the vehicle before she was discovered.
The victim, Lilly Parsons, was found by deputies of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department shortly after they arrived in the 1200 block of Westlake Road near Cleburne in Johnson County.
Parsons was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. Monday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office reported on its website Tuesday.
A ruling on her death is pending an autopsy.
"Everything right now points to an accident," said Lt. Tim Jones of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. "But we are still investigating her death."
Her parents called 911 about 6:46 p.m. Monday after they made a quick search around their property.
"She had gone outside to play," Jones said. "We're trying to determine when she went outside. She was by herself."
Deputies arrived within minutes and found Lilly in the vehicle.
Authorities alerted officials with Child Protective Services because the family has three other children. A relative is staying with the family to monitor the children and parents, said Marissa Gonazles, a CPS spokeswoman on Tuesday.
The family has no history with CPS.