Two Children Left In Hot Cars

Two infants were left in cars by themselves Saturday, during extreme heat.

Two Children Left In Hot CarsTwo infants were left in cars by themselves Saturday, during extreme heat.

In Greenfield, a 4-month-old baby girl died after she was left inside a car for “an extended period of time.” Police Chief John Jester said he is not sure how long the baby girl was inside the car.  Detectives preliminarily charged her father, 19-year-old Joshua Stryzinski, with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Chief Jester called it a horrible tragedy.  He said the car the baby was in was parked in front of her grandparents’ home In the 100 block of Eikenberry Street.  Chief Jester said he is not sure if Stryzinski lives there with his parents or was visiting.  Both of the baby’s parents are teenagers.  Chief Jester said the little girls grandfather put her into a car to take her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Cherie Sirosky, who lives next door, said she has known Stryzinski’s parents for more than a year.  “They’re great people.  They’re great neighbors.  I was just telling my husband the other day that they’re like my favorite on the whole block.  They’re so personable.  You know, they come out and play with my kids and my heart is so heavy for them right now,” she said.

Around the same time this happened, the Fishers Police Department was called about a baby girl inside a car.  Meg Trueblood, 30, was charged with neglect of a dependent.  Saturday afternoon, someone noticed a young girl inside a silver Ford Explorer by herself, strapped into her car seat with the windows rolled up and the car turned off.

Detectives said Trueblood was inside Simply Chic shopping, while her 16-month-old child was inside the car.

"People have got to use common sense and know that you cannot, have a child inside a locked car with the temperature being 100 plus degrees outside,” Fishers PD Public Information Officer, Tom Weger said.

"I don't understand why a mother would do this,” said Candace Fegley, a shopper in the area.

According to Weger, an officer had to break the passenger window to get to the 16-month-old baby girl, who had been in the car about an hour.  Detectives said the temperature inside read 124 degrees.

"It doesn't appear that, {Tureblood} was thinking clearly and so we don't know if she even recognized that the child was even in the car,” Weger said.

“I stepped out of the salon and saw a woman being taken into a police car. She was handcuffed,” Dorothy Le, who works nearby, said.

The baby girl was brought inside the store where there was air-conditioning.  Weger said she was having a seizure before being taken to Peyton Manning’s Children's Hospital.

"I'm a grandparent for the first time and this is so upsetting to know somebody would go into the store and leave their child in a car,” Fegley said.

The 16-month-old girl has been released from the hospital and is now in the custody of her grandmother.  Weger said Meg Trueblood has two other childern who were at home with an adult at the time of the incident.