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No arrests day after Chesterfield child is left alone in car, dies

No arrests day after Chesterfield child is left alone in car, dies

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Chesterfield Police confirmed a two-year-old was last in the care of a parent Tuesday night, when the child was found alone in a car, not breathing. Her neck and head became trapped in a partially opened car window, when the toddler tried to climb out of the vehicle.

Police filed no charges in the day after the tragedy, and an official cause of death for Mikayla J. Thurston has not been determined.

"The investigation is ongoing, and it's too soon to talk about charges," said Chesterfield Police Spokesperson Elizabeth Caroon in an email Wednesday.

The scene unfolded around 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, at the Parkway Village Mobile Home Park on Jefferson Davis Highway.

Even with a window partially open, Martha Meade, AAA Virginia manager of public and government affairs, said children can be especially vulnerable to heat exhaustion when temperatures climb above 80 degrees.

"A child's body heat rises five times faster than an adult's," said Meade in an interview Wednesday. "The internal temperature in a car can reach about 200 degrees, and it can reach it, very quickly."

Medics took the two-year-old from the mobile home park to VCU Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or

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