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NC child dies after being left in hot car

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina health officials say a 2-year-old child has died after being left in a hot car, the first such death in the state since 2009.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release that the Burke County child died earlier this month. The release didn’t say when the child died or provide any other details. A spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call.

The last time a child died from hyperthermia in North Carolina was in 2009. A report released this week by the North Carolina Child Fatality Prevention Team says 19 children died in hot vehicles between 1999 and 2009.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 100s over the next few days in parts of North Carolina.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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