An investigation is underway after a two-year-old girl was found dead in a vehicle at a rest stop in New Hampshire on Monday.
Police responded to the RMZ Truck Stop on Rockingham Road, off Interstate 93, in Londonderry at around 9.45 a.m. on Monday after receiving a report of an unconscious child in a vehicle.
A day shift patrol sergeant was nearby and arrived at the scene within a minute. He located the toddler in a vehicle parked in the truck stop’s rear parking lot, Londonderry police Capt. Patrick Cheetham said.
The sergeant immediately began CPR on the girl until paramedics arrived at the scene. However, the child was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital, Cheetham said.
The Londonderry Police Department is investigating the girl’s death, which is being described as suspicious.
Danny Patel, who works at the rest stop, told WHDH that his security cameras do not show the area where the child was found.
Bob Patel, another employee, said police officers came inside the gas station to watch security footage. “I’m just working here and just my register we’re watching a lot of police cars and like three ambulances, that’s it,” he told Boston 25 News.
“They only watched the cameras, they didn’t ask any questions, watched the cameras and left.”
An autopsy was performed Tuesday by the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the girl’s cause of death, but the results remain pending.
Cheetham added that the identity of the child, and those involved in the incident, are being withheld until the girl’s family members have been notified.
The Londonderry Police Department and the medical examiner’s office have been contacted for additional comment.
According to a 2018 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the leading causes of child and adolescent death in the U.S. were injury-related.
The study’s researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization on the 20,360 child and adolescent deaths in the country in 2016.
They found that motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of child deaths in the U.S., comprising about 20 percent of all deaths among children in 2016, followed by firearms.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Det. Sgt. Daniel Hurley at [email protected] or 603-425-5922.
Anonymous tips may also be made at the Londonderry Police Department website or by calling 603-432-1118.