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The three-year-old girl dies and her one-year-old sister is in critical condition in a hot car

Girl, 3, dies and her one-year-old sister is in critical condition after being found in their mom’s hot car taking a nap in their house

  • Laykn Petchenik, 3, died Monday in Arkansas after being found unconscious next to her 15-month-old sister in the back of their mother’s car
  • Olivia Petchenik was hospitalized in a stable but critical condition
  • 21-year-old Kaylee Petchenik told police that she had woken up from the afternoon nap and was unable to find her daughters
  • The responding officer opened Petchenik’s car parked in front of her Booneville house and found Olivia and Laykn on the floor in the back
  • Arkansas State Police stated that both children were “apparent victims of heat.”

A three-year-old Arkansas girl has died and her little sister survived after the children were found in the back of their mother’s car outside their home while she slept inside.

The Arkansas state police said in a press release on Tuesday that the Booneville police were called at around 2:00 PM the day before by 21-year-old Kaylee Petchenik, who said her two daughters were missing.

Petchenik told the police that she discovered the disappearance of her children, three-year-old Laykn and fifteen-month-old Olivia, after waking from an afternoon nap.

Kaylee Petchenik, 21

Laykn and Olivia Petchenik

Laykn and Olivia Petchenik

Kaylee Petchenik, 21 (left), woke up from a nap Monday afternoon and found her daughters, Laykn, three, and Olivia, one, missing

An officer responded to Petchenik's home in Booneville, Arkansas, finding both of her children unconscious in the back of her parked car

An officer responded to Petchenik's home in Booneville, Arkansas, finding both of her children unconscious in the back of her parked car

An officer responded to Petchenik’s home in Booneville, Arkansas, finding both of her children unconscious in the back of her parked car

An officer was sent to the family’s home in the 480 block of West 5th Street and found that both girls were unconscious on the back floor of their mother’s parked car.

Laykn Petchenik was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death of the toddler.

Her younger sister was taken to a hospital in Little Rock where she was reported to be in a stable but critical condition.

“Both are the apparent victims of heat,” the state police concluded.

According to AccuWeather.com, temperatures in Booneville rose around noon on Monday around noon in the high 90s.

According to scientific data, it would take 30 minutes in a day of 95 degrees for the temperature in a vehicle to reach a scorching 129 degrees.

Laykn, pictured left on her car seat behind her mother, was pronounced dead in the hospital

Laykn, pictured left on her car seat behind her mother, was pronounced dead in the hospital

Her 15-month-old sister (left) was reported in a stable but critical condition

Her 15-month-old sister (left) was reported in a stable but critical condition

Laykn, pictured left on her car seat behind her mother, was pronounced dead in the hospital. Her 15-month-old sister (right) was in a stable but critical condition

ASP’s press release did not mention how the two young girls ended up in the car. A state police spokesman, reached by phone on Wednesday, declined to reveal additional details about the circumstances of the incident, citing an ongoing investigation.

Special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will file a file with Logan County Prosecutor for assessment.

According to the KidsAndCars.org advocacy group, there have been 11 child deaths from hot cars so far this year.

Every year an average of 39 children die from heatstroke.

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