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Florida toddler dies after being left in car for 8 hours

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) – Authorities in Broward County are investigating the death of a toddler who was left in a car for more than eight hours.

Eli Bird, who was 17 months old, died Friday.

Pembroke Pines Police identified his mother as Emily Bird, 34.

Pembroke Pines police say she told them she thought she had dropped Eli off at day care before going to work, and didn’t realize her mistake until nearly 5 p.m.

Outside temperatures were 95 degrees and temperatures inside the car would have been much higher.

Eli was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police said criminal charges are possible.

The family plans to hold the boy’s funeral on Friday.

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