Toddler died from heat

A toddler who died inside a car parked at her family’s home last month was suffering from hyperthermia, a post-mortem investigation has determined.

Three-year-old Grace Sperandeo who died the afternoon of 26 September was examined this past weekend by Dr Bruce Hyma, a forensic pathologist from Miami-Dade.

The hyperthermia condition — an exceptionally high body temperature — which killed Grace was caused by excessive exposure to the heat inside the vehicle, Dr. Hyma ruled.

Royal Cayman Islands Police investigators have declined to confirm any details in the case, but the Caymanian Compass learned that the child was left in the vehicle that was parked outside a home just off West Bay Road in West Bay.

Police spokesperson Fiona Gallegos said that there were no suspicious circumstances in the child’s death and that family liaison officers were working with the little girl’s parents.

Officers were still investigating the incident this week. The Cayman Islands Penal Code makes it a crime for a child’s care givers to wilfully cause injury or death via neglect or abandonment.

A memorial for Grace was held Monday at First Baptist Church on Crewe Road in George Town.

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