Last week, a Missouri baby died after being left in a hot car for as long as 15 hours police said.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they tried desperately to revive 11-month-old Joseline Eichelberger on Sunday afternoon. Tragically, it was too late for little Joseline. There are over 40  similarly related deaths suffered by children left inside cars each year.

According to FOX 4 in Kansas City, police in the St. Louis suburb of Calverton Park has promised to work with the St. Louis  County Prosecutor’s Office on a thorough investigation into the 11-month-olds death.

Christina Robertson, public information officer for Calverton Park told Fox 4 that temperatures that day reached 79 degrees, but the temperature inside the car could have been much higher.

According to the baby’s grandmother, she discovered the girl inside the vehicle that was parked in her driveway. Family members said Joseline had been left in the car because each of her parents thought the other one had carried her out.

“Nobody would intentionally do that,” Lilly Belfield, a family cousin, told FOX 4. “If you saw her smile, laugh, giggle, you would think the same thing.”

On average, 38 children die while trapped inside hot cars every year, according to Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Jose State University. Last year, a record 52 children died. Earlier this year, Null told USA TODAY that aside from car crashes, heatstroke is the leading cause of death in vehicles for children ages 14 and under.

What to Do if You See a Child Trapped Inside a Hot Car

This may seem very bold and it will probably be a frightening experience for you but remember, you are only breaking into the car if an infant is in imminent danger of death by heatstroke.

  1. Select the door window furthest from the baby.
  2. Use a hard object such as a tire iron, wrench, or can of food (whatever is available) to break the window.
  3. Choose a point in the window just above the door lock in case all you can do is make a hole.
  4. It will be much harder to break than you expect but keep trying.
  5. Hitting the window with the edge or pointy part of whatever object you are using may help to get the break started.
  6. Wrap your sleeve or other cloth items around your hand and push into the hole you’ve created.
  7. Reach in and unlock the door.
  8. Get the infant out, car seat and all, and into the shade.

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