KONA, Hawaii - UPDATE 5/16 7:30 P.M. 

A 2-year-old girl remains in critical condition ten days after she was left in a parked car for nearly two hours.

The toddler is being treated at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

Her father told police that on May 5th the family went shopping and after he dropped them off at home he went to work not realizing his daughter was asleep in the backseat. 

So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the incident.


A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition after she suffered heat exhaustion. She was left in a car for almost two hours on the Big Island in Kona. 
According to Hawaii Island Police, they were shopping and the father drove them home before going to work.  
He reportedly forgot his two year old was sleeping in the back seat of a car. Her aunt later realized she wasn't there so she rushed over to his work and found the toddler, still inside.  
One doctor says children left in a heated car could start sweating or feeling general discomfort.
"When they core temperature begins to go up, they'll reach a point where they'll go into heat stroke and the vital functions begin to shut down... Sweating is our natural way of cooling our bodies off so right there they're a little inefficient," Dr. Nadine Tenn Salle, chief of pediatrics, Queen's Medical Center, said. 

Non-profit National Safety Council reports 37 children die on average each year in the U.S. after being left in hot vehicles, including five in Hawaii between 1998 and 2017. It also reports the three main reasons children are left in hot vehicles are a caregiver forgot the child. Most happened when the driver was on his or her way to childcare or preschool. Some happened when the child gained access to the vehicle.

"It's a concern everywhere in the United States no matter if it's cool weather, overcast or a very sunny. Of course, the hotter the worse," Lisa Dao, injury prevention coordinator, Kapiolani Medical Center, said. 

Hawaii's law states it's illegal for any driver or passenger to leave a child under nine years old unattended in a car for more than five minutes. "Unattended" also means leaving kids in a vehicle with a minor under 12.

Hoping to lower the numbers, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies runs a program for new parents called Piko Pals that talks about infant health and safety tips including car safety. Since the group launched two years ago, it has served over 120 Hawaii families. 

"The really unfortunate part is that this does happen kinda frequently. No parent intends to do it, it's just typically people have a disruption in their daily routine and they're working on auto pilot," Lisa Kimura, executive director, Healthy Mother Healthy Babies, said. 

Some tips for parents to ACT: Avoid heat stroke, create reminders and take action if you see a child in a car.

The incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant David Araki at (808) 326-4646 ext. 296.

A report on Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke was conducted by the National Safety Council, click here to view the full document.