Girl, 2, hospitalized after being found in hot car

Posted at 5:33 PM, Aug 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-24 13:46:34-04

A two-year-old girl is in stable condition after she was found unconscious inside a hot car Thursday afternoon.

It happened at a home near 1400 West and 2800 South. The girl, Vienna, was in the care of her grandmother, Carla Peterson, who told FOX 13 News she didn't realize her granddaughter was missing. Peterson said Vienna was found by another child who was at the home.

Peterson took Vienna inside the home, put her in a sink to run water over her and attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"She started breathing, it was real heavy. Really, really heavy. And then she quit, so I started doing mouth-to-mouth again, and then she started breathing heavy again," Peterson said. "She started kind of doing convulsions or something. Her body started shaking."

West Valley City police and medical personnel responded to the home around 2:30 p.m. When police arrived at the scene, the girl was no longer in the vehicle. A medical evaluation was conducted at the scene, and the girl was determined to be in serious condition. She has since been upgraded to stable condition at Primary Children's Medical Center.

"[Medical responders] immediately transported her to a local area hospital where she could be better treated," said Sgt. Mike Powell, West Valley City Police Department.

Seven children were at the home of the time of the incident. Police were investigating to determine how the child got into the car.