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Neighbors heard screams as mother found toddler trapped in car window

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Two people said they heard a mother’s screams for help when she discovered her two-year-old daughter trapped inside a car outside a mobile home Tuesday night.

Police were called to the Parkway Trailer Park in the 6700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway for a report of a child who was not breathing around 9:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The child’s mother, according to neighbors, had come to the mobile home to style someone’s hair.

“The child didn’t have shoes or any clothing on, just a diaper,” said one woman. “Anyway, my friend says she knocked on the door, she comes inside, she was supposed to be coming to do her hair. She didn’t know the child was with her.”

Then five to ten minutes later, the neighbor reported that the woman said she was going outside to check on her daughter, Mikayla, who police said had been left unattended inside the car.

One man, who spoke to CBS 6 on the condition of anonymity, said he was making a snack when he heard screaming.

“Got up to start making some Pho — you know, Cambodian food. While I was putting food in a bowl, I heard yelling. I didn’t think much about it, so I sat down and started eating. That’s when she ran in there with her baby, talking about, ‘Somebody call the police,  my baby is dead.’”

Police said Mikayala Thurston was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center.

A preliminary investigation found that the little girl was left inside the car and that her neck and head became trapped between a car window and car door frame.

At the mother’s home off Turner Road Wednesday, the driveway was littered with no trespassing signs. Mikayla’s grandfather said the family is devastated over the loss of his grandbaby he affectionately called “Twinkle.”

CBS 6 checked with the Chesterfield Sheriff’s Department late Wednesday. They said no one is in custody for the girl’s death.

Police said their investigation into the child’s death is ongoing. If you have information that could help investigators, call Chesterfield police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

15 comments

  • Tyler

    LORD HAVE MERCY….. People please stop doing this!! This has happened to many times. You would think by now Adults would have sense enough to not leave their children and pets in HOT cars. It makes no sense. And the media warns about this all the time. Would you want to be left in a HOT car that you can’t get out of? SMH

  • lt

    Uhm, 9:40 pm.heat was probably not the issue.automatic car windows are trouble for young ones and dogs.

  • Peg

    So why was she in the car that late by herself. She had probably been there all day and evening alone and trying to find air? So sorry for this child!

  • Ron Melancon

    I am sorry for the loss of this child at the hands of parents that and forgive me lord that are so stupid to do this. How many times does public safety announcements have to be made that you never do this? Are people do careless to leave a child in a hot car like this?

    All of this was preventable. If I saw this I would have broken the window and pulled the child out

  • Chele

    Whether or not newer cars have been known to be an issue or not… Let’s rewind that thought and walk through this horrific tragedy from the beginning. They received a call at 9:40pm that a TWO YEAR OLD CHILD WAS LEFT UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE RESULTING IN DEATH. I’m sorry but who does that. The child’s death wasn’t due to newer cars automatic locks and windows. It was due to the parents negligence. Who does that? It’s pitiful that this child’s life was cut short due to this incident. Completely disgusting.

    • Jay

      I agree. Its like handguns. Handguns don’t kill people. People kill people using hand guns. Don’t take away guns (or cars) ,,,just take away stupid people.

  • sw

    First I don’t care what time a day it was. It was still horribly hot last night at 10. Second, a child that age should have been in a car seat if it was cool enough to stay in the car. Either way you look at this one another parent failed miserably and now a small child has died due to their negligence.

  • Mark

    Ask Obama first of all.. If there are any stupid people in this world he would know each and everyone of them and vice versa

  • bpgagirl22vanow

    Whatever pos did this ought to suffer the same consequences. Seriously! Would you leave a million dollars in a vehicle? NO! SO WHY WOULD YOU LEAVE A PRECIOUS CHILD IN A CAR ON ANY DAY, LET ALONE A HOT DAY WITH THE WEATHER WE’VE BEEN HAVING????? Whoever did this is INSANE! WHEN IS IT GOING TO BECOME A LAW “NEVER EVER LEAVE A CHILD IN A VEHICLE, NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE.”? WHEN?! PEOPLE – DO NOT LEAVE ANY CHILD OR PET IN YOUR VEHICLE ESPECIALLY DURING WEATHER AS WHAT WE’VE BEEN HAVING! STUPID STUPID STUPID – INSANE INSANE INSANE!

  • Mary

    First, another innocent child dies because of a LAZY, STUPID and UNFITadult!. Second that poor child suffered in pain and alone because of a LAZY, STUPID, UNFIT adult. Third.. These LAZY, STUPID, UNFIT ADULT will probably have another innocent child to kill! My heart goes out to the poor baby and the LAZY, STUPID, UNFIT adult’s Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews who are related to this LAZY, STUPID, UNFIT PARENT who killed their innocent child because they was just too LAZY to take their 2 year old child in the store with them. They will have to live the REST of their life knowing that THEY are a BABY KILLER!

  • Sunshine

    First of all WHO CARES ABOUT THE RACE??? You have a nerve to talk about “blacks” if im not mistaken A WHITE MAN JUST MURDERED HIS WHOLE FAMILY!!! Now what….

  • todd

    yes a white man murdered his children and whites kill often,buuuut the fact remains and you brought it up that blacks are still the leaders in this category by far.sorry its a fact you cannot discount,ok.and where did someone mention blacks?I didnt see it.but you can google facts and murder rates and when you do please take into account things like how many per race and things like that.good try though,again

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