Child left in hot car at USI identified

A toddler left in a hot car at USI yesterday has been identified.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steven Lockyear, says the victim was 3-year-old Oliver Dill.

According to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Office, Oliver’s dad is Dr. Andrew Dill, an Assistant Professor of Accounting at USI.

Dr. Dill usually drops his son off at the Children’s Learning Center, a daycare on USI’s campus.

Sheriff Dave Wedding says when Dr. Dill went to pick up his son after working several hours; and realized Oliver was still buckled in the car seat.

Dill then went into the daycare for help and called 911.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Major Jason Ashworth says it was around 90 at the time, making it feel like 100 inside the car.

USI’s President, Ronald Rochon says the campus is offering counseling services.

The daycare is closed today to give workers time to process the tragedy. President Rochon says they haven’t decided when the center will reopen.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office, no arrests are being made at this time. The official case file will be submitted to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s office for final review.

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ORIGINAL STORY: By Zack Reuber

One child is dead after being left in a hot car yesterday.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff, a call to the sheriff’s department was made around 1:45 PM of a report of a child left in a car that had apparently had been in the car since the morning. The parent of now confirmed 3-year-old Oliver Dill forgot to drop off dill at daycare yesterday morning. The Sheriff says when the parent of Dill went to pick him up from day care, the parent realized that Dill was still in the car seat.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Major Jason Ashworth says that with the 90-degree weather that the area experienced yesterday most likely made the inside of the car over 100 degrees. Ashworth also said that parents need to be aware and make sure where their children are at before they leave their cars.

Dill attended the USI Daycare. USI president Ronald Rochon released a letter to the community to send out his condolences to the family as well as to state that the campus will be offering counseling services. Rochon also stated that the Children’s Learning Center will be closed today to give childcare workers time to grieve. There’s no word on when the center will reopen.

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