The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Emma Proemsey of Labadie died on June 9.
— KMBC (@kmbc) June 10, 2019
The driver, 65-year-old Larry Proemsey, was using a 2013 John Deere 750K Bulldozer to knock over a tree that fell across part of the bulldozer, KSDK reported.
The highway patrol says the man began to back up the bulldozer as his daughter was driving behind it in a 2005 John Deere Gator. He didn’t see her and backed over her.
Emma was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol report did not disclose the relationship between Emma and Larry Proemsey.
Labadie is in Franklin County, about 45 miles southwest of St. Louis.
11–Month–Old Girl Dies After Being Locked Inside a Car
Just a week ago, an 11-month-old girl has died after being locked inside a car for 15 or 16 hours in suburban St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District received a call around 4:30 p.m. on June 2 about an infant who wasn’t breathing and found the child unresponsive in Calverton Park.
11-month-old infant dies after 15 hours in hot car in Calverton Park https://t.co/kO5N57vhgo
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) June 5, 2019
A Florissant Valley Fire Protection District spokesman told KSDK paramedics responded to the home at 4:30 p.m. and spotted someone performing CPR on the baby. The spokesperson said the child was “hot to the touch” and described the scene as being chaotic, Crime Online reported.
— Crime Online (@crimeonlinenews) June 4, 2019
First responders were unable to revive her. It’s unclear why the child was left inside the car for so long.
“It is unclear if the parents were inside the house during that entire period, or if the vehicle was parked in the same place the whole time,” the spokesman told KSDK.
The high temperature in St. Louis on Sunday was 79 degrees. Police have questioned two persons of interest in the girl’s death.
“It doesn’t have to be a blazing hot day for these to happen,” Jan Null, a San Jose State professor and former meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told the San Jose Mercury News. “They can happen anywhere, and happen to anyone.”
Null told SFGate that the temperatures inside vehicles heat up rapidly, with the air rising about 19 degrees over whatever the outside temperature is in the first 10 minutes and rising another 10 degrees in the next 10 minutes.
Additionally, Null said the bodies of small children heat up three to five times faster compared to adults.
“So, while you and I could be in a car that’s, say, 109 degrees, an infant or small child would be to the point of entering heat stroke,” he said.
The Associated Press and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.