ST PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 4-month-old baby girl left in the back of a hot car for three hours yesterday is expected to be OK.
Our news partner WTSP, was the only outlet to speak with family members about what they say was a tragic accident.
Natasha Graver's oldest son told us she was in a rush yesterday trying to get all of her kids squared away before she went to the funeral for the three mothers killed in last month's hit-and-run crash.
The 32-year-old Graver was, quote, "really shocked" her son told us. He said it was almost like she had a heart attack when she realized her daughter was still in the back seat.
Police say Graver found her 4-month-old hours after the funeral and after she'd driven back home.
Neighbors say they can't imagine how something like this could have happened.
"Basically that's it. The baby could have died," said neighbor Tasha Johnson who lives across the street.
St. Petersburg police said Graver's car windows were rolled up tight. Natasha's 4-month-old daughter Briell was strapped into the car seat in the back and left for three and a half hours as the temperature rose before she was found unconscious.
"That's a long time, three hours? Wow," neighbor Antonio Welch said.
But Graver's son says he's thankful his mom found the baby in time.
Briell was taken to All Children's Hospital and is expected to recover from heat exposure.
But that fear is something the Graver family won't soon forget.
Natasha's son told us he was worried yesterday because he knew his sister, who loves to laugh, could have passed away.
Natasha Graver was arrested and charged with child abuse, but has since been released on bond.
Fire Rescue urges parents to A.C.T:
A: Avoid heatstroke. Never leave you kid in a car even for less than a minute!
C: Create reminders. Fire Rescue likes the "shoe left in the back with your child" reminder; that way you will look for your shoe when you get out of your car; and
T: Take action! Call 911 when you see a child left inside a vehicle even if the windows are down.
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