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Last updated: Sun. Jul. 08, 2012 - 04:56 pm EDT

2 children found in sweltering Indiana cars, 1 dead

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FISHERS — A 16-month-old girl who was left in a car in suburban Indianapolis during near-record 105-degree heat remained hospitalized Sunday, and the father of a 4-month-old girl who died in a hot car was being held in jail without bond.

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Carmel upgraded the 16-month-old girl to stable condition Sunday, said Tom Weger, a spokesman for the police department in Fishers, about 15 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

On Saturday, Fishers police responded to a call and found the girl locked inside a Ford Explorer SUV in the middle of the afternoon at a store parking lot. They had to break a side window to rescue her, and officers said the temperature inside the vehicle was 124 degrees. The girl began having seizures after being taken inside an air-conditioned building, Weger said.

The girl's 30-year-old mother, Meg Trueblood, of Fishers, was arrested on a preliminary charge of neglect and later released on bond, Weger said. Trueblood couldn't be reached for comment because there was no phone number listed in her name.

In Hancock County, authorities said the 4-month-old girl's father, 18-year-old Joshua Stryzanski, was being held without bond Sunday on a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Police found the girl in a car at about 3:35 p.m. Saturday in Greenfield, roughly 25 miles east of Indianapolis.

Greenfield Police Chief John Jester said it appears she had been left in the car for "an extended period of time." The baby was pronounced dead at Hancock Regional Hospital, he said.

Saturday's 105-degree temperature was 1 degree shy of Indianapolis' all-time high, set on July 14, 1936.


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