June 28, 2016

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Second girl dies from heat-related injuries sustained in parked car

YORK TWP. — A 3-year-old Columbia Road girl died Monday night at the hospital after suffering heat-related injuries last week in a parked car.

Mary McCormick died at 7:29 p.m. Monday at Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition since late Thursday. Mary and her sister, Justina McCormick, 2, were found in a neighbor’s parked car Thursday afternoon. Justina was pronounced dead at or about the time she arrived at Medina Hospital, according to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Justina and Mary were discovered in a gray 2010 Toyota Camry at a residence just north of their home, Chief Deputy Kenneth Baca said. A neighbor saw her car door slightly open and found the girls inside less than an hour after they were reported missing, he said.

The incident involving the two deaths remains under investigation by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Baca said.

“We’re continuing to investigate, and when that’s completed we’ll turn (the case) over to the county prosecutor,” Baca said. “Our reports should be completed within the next two weeks.”

No charges have been filed in the case.

A family member of the girls reached at home this afternoon declined to comment about the incident when reached by The Gazette. She did say the family is getting its thoughts together from what has transpired over the past few days.

The incident with Justina and Mary was reported at 4296 Columbia Road around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. It has not been determined by authorities how long the children were in the car.

Medina County Coroner Neil Grabenstetter has said in Justina’s case, “the preliminary results are consistent with hyperthermia. There were no other indications of trauma.”

Justina and Mary’s 13-year-old sister and a 12-year-old friend were watching them while their parents were working Thursday at a county fair booth, the chief said. The grandfather reported the girls missing and said he thought they were napping, according to the 911 call.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or at sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.