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UPDATE: 2-Year-Old Girl Left Alone in Hot Vehicle in Franklin Township Dies

Franklin Township (Somerset)

Authorities in Somerset County reported an investigation into the death of a 2-year-old female child on the afternoon of Tuesday on Summerall Road, Franklin Township. 

Prosecutor McDonald stated that on August 30, 2022, at approximately 2:21 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to a call via Fire radio of a child in cardiac arrest at a residence on Summerall Road in Franklin Township.    

Upon arrival, responding officers observed a neighbor who is a member of a local Fire Department administering CPR on the unresponsive child.    

Officials said Franklin Township Officers assisted in life-saving measures until multiple Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ALS and BLS medical units arrived on the scene and took over the life-saving efforts of the child.  

The child was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.  

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department responded to investigate.   

The New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Officer also responded to conduct an investigation.  


Authorities have stated that the results of the preliminary investigation have determined that the 2-year-old child had been left unattended in a vehicle.    

A further investigation is ongoing to determine the exact length of time the child was in the vehicle and the circumstances surrounding the events leading to this incident.  

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death.