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CHILD BAKED ALIVE IN VAN.

A TWO year-old girl was baked alive after she was left inside a nursery van for THREE HOURS on a sweltering summer afternoon.

Little Zaniyah Hinson died after suffering helplessly in temperatures of up to 140F, police said last night.

She had stopped breathing and had no pulse when paramedics arrived at a daycare centre called Abundant Life Academy of Learning in Florida.

Zaniyah was one of 10 children who had been taken to a park earlier in the day. The van returned to the church-owned centre in the early afternoon.

Mistake

But the youngster was left inside by mistake and her cries for help went unheard. It was only three hours later, when the girl's mother arrived to collect her, that the alarm was raised.

A member of nursery staff found the girl inside the van, and another worker performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation while the police were called.

'Nobody can survive that kind of heat,' said fire department Lt Gene Stone last night.

The Rev Marcus Triplett of Abundant Life Ministries could not explain how Zaniyah was left in the van, but offered his condolences.

'My heart goes out to the mother and her family and everyone involved,' he said.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 12, 2001
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