Autopsy: Girl died from heatstroke in North Richland Hills car

07/16/2014 3:53 PM

07/16/2014 3:54 PM

A North Richland Hills toddler died from heatstroke in April after being left in a car, according to a final ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Aurora Aryana Hollingsworth, 20 months old, was pronounced dead on April 22 after paramedics were called to a medical emergency on Bursey Road in North Richland Hills.

Aurora Aryana died from exposure to hyperthermic conditions and her death was ruled an accident, officials with the medical examiner’s office ruled this week.

The ruling took almost 12 weeks as authorities conducted toxicology, histology and chemistry tests.

“The doctor did a full panel on the child, and did not receive one of the requested results until Monday,” medical examiner spokeswoman Linda Anderson said Wednesday.

Aurora’s relatives could not be reached Wednesday.

No criminal charges have been filed as police continue to investigate, North Richland Hills investigator Keith Bauman said Wednesday in an email. Officials with Child Protective Services are also investigating.

Aurora Aryana had three older siblings (ages 6, 8 and 11 as of April) and they are still in the home, CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said Wednesday in an email.

The family has no history with the agency, Gonzales has said.

Paramedics were alerted on April 22 after another child in the car on Bursey Road told the adult driver that something was wrong with the toddler.

Bauman said that when the driver pulled over to check on Aurora, a passer-by saw the car and stopped to help. The child was unresponsive and 911 was called, police said. Police responded and found the girl dead in a child restraint seat.

Bauman said at the time that it appeared that the child had been left in a vehicle for a prolonged period of time. Police have declined to say how long investigators believe the child was in the car.

The high at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on April 22 was 84. A child safety expert said temperatures inside a vehicle can increase by 20 degrees within minutes.

“When our investigator arrived on the scene it was 94 degrees in the vehicle,” said Anderson, of the medical examiner’s office.

Aurora was pronounced dead at 4:06 p.m. in the 7500 block of Bursey Road, according to the medical examiner’s website. A Texas Ranger who happened to be in the neighborhood responded to the scene and is assisting in the investigation.

Bauman declined to identify the driver or the other child in the car. He said family members have cooperated with detectives.

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