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8-month-old dies after reportedly being left in hot car in Baton Rouge

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Raylee Mercer, an eight-month old baby girl, died Wednesday after being left in a hot car, Baton Rouge emergency officials said.

East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark identified the baby after officials from his office went to pick up her body from a hospital.

The police and Clark have not yet confirmed how the baby died or where the incident occurred, Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola said.

Emergency personnel received a report about noon that the 8-month-old child had been left in a hot car for two hours, said Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services spokesman Mike Chustz.

If Mercer’s death is confirmed to be linked to being stuck in a hot vehicle, hers would be the 11th such death in the U.S. this year, and the first in Louisiana this year, said Jan Null, a research meteorologist at San Jose State University.

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