Authorities are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who was left in a hot car for nearly nine hours.1hotcPolice say the mother went to work in Salisbury, North Carolina around 8am leaving the child in a car seat. A passer-by discovered the child at 4:37 pm The car had been parked in the sun and the windows were rolled up.

Officials said a police officer broke a window to get into the car. Despite attempts to resuscitate the girl, she was pronounced dead at the scene. The child’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill where an autopsy was scheduled.

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said investigators will talk to the district attorney’s office to determine how to proceed.  There have been 37 deaths from over-heating in the US in 2016 so far.