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Baby dies after being found in hot car

A baby girl has died in Ireland after being found in a car on the hottest day of the year.

The seven-month-old had been airlifted to hospital from the village of Dundrum in County Tipperary.

Irish police said emergency services had responded to a 999 call after the child was found “unresponsive”.

She was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Limerick but pronounced dead a short time later.

It is understood the baby was due to be dropped off at a creche on Thursday morning but did not arrive.

Her father, who works in a local steelworks, is reported to have returned to his car after lunchtime.

Police, who described it as “a personal tragedy” and “very sensitive”, are liaising with the family.

Roger Kennedy, a Fianna Fail county councillor, told the Irish Times: “The whole area is in shock.”

He described the child’s family as “popular” and “well-known” and spoke of “total sadness here”.

Sinn Fein councillor Martin Browne told the paper it had been “the hottest day of the year so far in the area”.

“They are a very nice, very respectable family and it is just a complete tragedy,” he added.

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