Impromptu memorial set up to honor child found in car

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HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) – A day after she was found unresponsive and locked inside of a car in Homewood, the name of the 11-month-old who died a while later at Children’s Hospital has been released.

According to Bill Yates with the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, the young girl’s name is Gabriella Gi-Ny Luong.

Yates said the exact cause of death is unknown at this time

On Thursday, a makeshift memorial began to take shape outside outside the retail shops where the incident occurred.


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On Wednesday, the Homewood Police Department received a call around 1:20 p.m. with a report of an unresponsive child locked inside of a white SUV.

An employee of Omega Fitness, a business next to Genesis Nail Spa, heard neighbors screaming and crying for help.

That employee, Chris Conn, began performing CPR on the young girl.

“I ran next door, found their daughter lying on the floor unresponsive,” Conn said. “When I asked them what happened they said their daughter had been left in the car since 10 am.”

Conn continued to perform CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene,

“Her body was radiating heat. Much hotter than we would be,” Conn said. “ I would say about 105, 110 degrees. Not in a good state.”

According to Conn, the child’s mother arrived at work and forgot to take the child to daycare.

Homewood Police questioned the parents of the child, and no charges have been filed at this time.

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