Toddler girl dies in hot trailer

Arizona newspaper reports mother is from Vancouver

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Arizona police are investigating to see if any charges will be brought against a woman reportedly from Vancouver whose daughter died after being in a 100-plus-degree trailer.

A woman, identified by The Arizona Republic newspaper as Sierra Pitt of Vancouver, called 911 Saturday to report her 2-year-old girl wasn't breathing.

Police arrived and found the girl, who was unresponsive. Efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful, said Sgt. Tony Landato, spokesman for the Mesa Police Department. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Temperatures in the trailer were well above 100 degrees, Landato said. Police were told the air conditioner broke two days before the incident.

Police also found a 1-year-old boy in the trailer who also appeared to be dehydrated and malnourished, Landato said. There was no evidence of physical abuse to either child.

The boy was taken to the hospital overnight and released into custody of child protective services.

The investigation is ongoing, Landato said. Police are waiting for results from the medical examiner to determine what, if any, charges are appropriate, he said.