Toddler found in vehicle during Edmonton heat wave dies

A three-year-old girl found unresponsive in a vehicle in northeast Edmonton Tuesday during a record-breaking heat wave has died.

3 other children found left in vehicle in a separate incident

Child found unresponsive in a vehicle outside family home 1:48

A three-year-old girl found unresponsive in a vehicle in northeast Edmonton Tuesday during a record-breaking heat wave has died.

Tsi-Tsi Chitekedza died after she was found unresponsive in a vehicle Tuesday. (Facebook)

Police were called to the Rundle Heights neighbourhood near 29th Street and 116A Avenue shortly after 6:30 p.m. when the temperature was still hovering above 30 C.

The child was discovered in a vehicle outside a family home and pronounced dead about one hour later. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The child has been identified as Tsi-Tsi Chitekedza.

Neighbour Nicole Houle was inside her house last night when she heard a woman screaming, "My baby! My baby!"

"We came outside and grandmother had her face in her hands the whole time," Houle said.

"From what we know, she was babysitting when it happened, so I could see why she would be so devastated.  It was pretty intense."

Houle said paramedics tried to save the child.

"It was pretty sad to see that, because she was so tiny, she took up half that stretcher. And that cop's hands took up her whole chest. He was pumping her chest. It was horrible to see."

Police are not saying who might be responsible for the child's death.

Ontario tragedy

The news of the death in Edmonton comes as a funeral was held today in the Toronto area for a toddler who died last week after being left in a car on a hot day. The parents of the young boy had previously said he "shared his magic with everyone he met."

Source: Canadian Press

"It's a horrible tragedy for everybody, for the family," said acting Staff Sgt. Scott Jones. "It's very difficult for the first responders."

Police are talking to family members, he said.

Speaking Wednesday morning, police said they are also investigating another case where three children were found in a vehicle during yesterday's extreme heat as temperatures soared to 35 C, but seemed like closer to 45 C with the humidity taken into account.

Police are releasing few details, but said the children were not in serious distress.


  • An earlier version of the story misidentified the victim.
    Jul 04, 2013 8:45 AM MT