Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old who apparently fell asleep in a hot car after being forgotten by family members.
A 2-year-old is dead after the child fell asleep in a hot car as relatives attended a family reunion Saturday night.
Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call about the child around 6:34 p.m. According to a press release from authorities, the child was dead when authorities arrived.
A group between 25 and 35 people were participating in reunion events and the families had traveled to St. George in multiple cars for an activity. They returned to the Winchester Hills area for a religious meeting, consisting only of adults.
The 2-year-old is believed to have fallen asleep and did not get out of the car, which the adults did not realize, according to authorities.
When the adult family members returned home they noticed the child was missing and began searching the area.
Washington County authorities have not identified the child and have not released whether anyone will be held liable for the child's death, according to the release.
Washington County Sheriff's Lt. David Crouse says the death appears to be an accident. The child's death marks the 12th in Utah since 1996, CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City reports. Fifteen children in the U.S. have died in hot cars this year, according to KidsAndCars.org.